Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com a method of stimulating consumer demand by designing products that wear out or become outmoded after limited use. Origin of planned obsolescence
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British Dictionary definitions for planned obsolescence the policy of deliberately limiting the life of a product in order to encourage the purchaser to replace it Also called: built-in obsolescence
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planned obsolescence in Culture planned obsolescence [(ob-suh- les-uhns)]
Incorporating into a product features that will almost certainly go out of favor in a short time, thereby inducing the
consumer to purchase a new model of the product. Placing sweeping tail fins on an automobile was an example of planned obsolescence.
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