obsolete

obsolete, obsolescent
Both words are derived from Latin obsolescere meaning ‘to fall into disuse’. Something (either physical, such as a piece of machinery, or conceptual, such as a custom or idea) is obsolete when it is outdated and no longer used. It is obsolescent when it is falling out of use, i.e. is becoming obsolete but is not yet actually so.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Obsolete — Studioalbum von Fear Factory Veröffentlichung 28. Juli 1998 Label Roadrunner Records …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • obsolète — [ ɔpsɔlɛt ] adj. • 1596; lat. obsoletus 1 ♦ Ling. Qui n est plus en usage. Mot obsolète. ⇒ ancien, désuet. 2 ♦ Écon. Dont l usage se raréfie au profit d une nouveauté. Une machine obsolète. ⇒ périmé, vieux. « l armement nucléaire, toujours… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • obsolete — ob‧so‧lete [ˈɒbsəliːt ǁ ˌɑːbsəˈliːt] adjective if something is obsolete, it is old fashioned and no longer useful, because something newer or better has been invented: • Will handheld computers make books obsolete? • companies burdened with… …   Financial and business terms

  • obsolete — I adjective abandoned, anachronistic, anachronous, ancient, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, archaic, archaistic, bygone, dated, dead, discarded, discontinued, dismissed, disused, early, expired, extinct, fallen into desuetude, fallen into… …   Law dictionary

  • Obsolete — Ob so*lete, a. [L. obsoletus, p. p. of obsolescere. See {Obsolescent}.] 1. No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused; neglected; as, an obsolete word; an obsolete statute; applied chiefly to words, writings, or observances. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Obsolete — Ob so*lete, v. i. To become obsolete; to go out of use. [R.] Fitzed. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obsolete — [äb΄sə lēt′, äb′sə lēt΄] adj. [L obsoletus, pp. of obsolescere, to go out of use < ob (see OB ) + * solescere (< exolescere, to grow out of use < ex ,EX 1 + ? alescere, to increase: see ADOLESCENT)] 1. no longer in use or practice;… …   English World dictionary

  • obsolete — (adj.) 1570s, from L. obsoletus grown old, worn out, pp. of obsolescere fall into disuse, probably from ob away (see OB (Cf. ob )) + solere to be used to, be accustomed (see INSOLENT (Cf. insolent)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • obsolete — *old, antiquated, archaic, antique, ancient, venerable, antediluvian Antonyms: current …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • obsolete — [adj] no longer in use, in vogue anachronistic, ancient, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, archaic, bygone, dated, dead, dead and gone*, dinosaur*, discarded, disused, done for*, dusty, extinct, fossil, gone, had it*, has been*, horse and buggy* …   New thesaurus

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