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[noun dis-yoos; verb dis-yooz] /noun dɪsˈyus; verb dɪsˈyuz/
discontinuance of use or practice:
Traditional customs are falling into disuse.
verb (used with object), disused, disusing.
to cease to use.
Origin of disuse
1375-1425; late Middle English. See dis-1, use Unabridged
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  • The use of the pronoun, the disuse of the grammar pulled him up short.

  • Its deplorable peculiarity was, that it was the faintness of solitude and disuse.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • Since the disuse of print, opticians have mostly gone to the poor-house.

    With The Eyes Shut Edward Bellamy
  • As a result, we have no organs of hearing, for they have been atrophied from ages of disuse.

    Giants on the Earth Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • In many cases habit or use and disuse have probably come into play.

    On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin
  • The results of this method were so uncertain that the practice has fallen into disuse.

    Negritos of Zambales William Allan Reed
  • He also admits that  change of habits and food, use and disuse, are factors.

    Lamarck, the Founder of Evolution Alpheus Spring Packard
British Dictionary definitions for disuse


the condition of being unused; neglect (often in the phrases in or into disuse)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disuse

c.1400, see dis- + use (n.).


c.1400, "misuse, pervert;" mid-15c., "become unaccustomed," from or on analogy of Old French desuser, from des- "not" (see dis-) + user "use" (see use (v.)). Related: Disused.

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