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short-lived  audio  (shôrtlvd, -lvd) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
Living or lasting only a short time; ephemeral.

ETYMOLOGY:
short + (long)-lived
Usage Note:
The pronunciation (-lvd) is etymologically correct since the compound is derived from the noun life, rather than from the verb live. But the pronunciation (-lvd) is by now so common that it cannot be considered an error. In the most recent survey 43 percent of the Usage Panel preferred (-lvd), 39 percent preferred (-lvd), and 18 percent found both pronunciations equally acceptable.


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