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[ob-suh-les-uh ns] /ˌɒb səˈlɛs əns/
the state, process, or condition of being or becoming obsolete.
Origin of obsolescence
First recorded in 1820-30; obsolesc(ent) + -ence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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1809; see obsolescent + -ence. Phrase Planned obsolescence coined 1932, revived as a disparaging term 1950s.

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obsolescence in Culture
obsolescence [(ob-suh-les-uhns)]

A decline in the value of equipment or of a product brought about by an introduction of new technology or by changes in demand. (See planned obsolescence.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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