: not living or lasting long
short-lived insects
short-lived joy

Examples of short-lived in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web School changes reading program after realizing students 'weren't actually learning to read' Some studies suggest academic gains from retention are short-lived and the practice increases drop-out rates and bullying. Athena Jones, CNN, 10 Sep. 2023 Proctor made his third consecutive opening-day start, though the previous two instances were both relatively short-lived. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2023 Some have heard snippets of the four tracks on social media platforms like TikTok, where some vinyl owners have posted short video clips of Guts playing on their record players, but videos like these are short-lived due to copyright strikes. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, 9 Sep. 2023 Hardly anyone is accusing him of meddling, protests are now few and far between, and even when it was announced that the monarchy is getting an enormous pay rise from public funds the outrage was somehow relatively contained and short-lived. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 8 Sep. 2023 The five-run lead was short-lived as Bradish surrendered a solo shot by Wong, the first home run he’s allowed in six starts, and an RBI double to Justin Turner in the sixth. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 8 Sep. 2023 But the dream is short-lived: this is the last conversation Kall and Linda will ever have. Talya Zax, The New Yorker, 8 Sep. 2023 And remember: These effects are short-lived—within a week or so, everything should be back to normal. Dina Roth Port, Parents, 7 Sep. 2023 These radioactive elements are short-lived and generally produced artificially in laboratory settings. Ashraya Gupta, Scientific American, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of short-lived was in 1588

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“Short-lived.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/short-lived. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: living or lasting only a short time
short-lived blooms
short-lived joy

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