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English definition of “short-lived”

short-lived

adjective     /ˌʃɔːtˈlɪvd/ US  /ˌʃɔːrtˈlaɪvd/ /-ˈlɪvd/
If a feeling or experience is short-lived, it only lasts for a short time: I had a few relationships at college, most of which were fairly short-lived.TemporaryShort in timeShort in timeTemporary
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