- retired because of age or infirmity.
- too old for use, work, service, or a position.
- antiquated or obsolete: superannuated ideas.
Origin of superannuated
- to allow to retire from service or office on a pension because of age or infirmity.
- to set aside as out of date; remove as too old.
- to be or become old, out of date, or retired.
Origin of superannuate
First recorded in 1640–50; back formation from superannuated
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Examples from the Web for superannuated
It is too depressing, these vagaries, these senile ramblings of a superannuated musician.Old Fogy
Started a superannuated fortune, and just now upon the full scent.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb
It was a boon to superannuated officers, and the number was limited.The Indian in his Wigwam
Henry R. Schoolcraft
Then there will be a demonstration, at any rate, and then the thing will be superannuated.
Of their small force some of the soldiers were superannuated, others invalid.The Fort Dearborn Massacre</p>
Linai Taliaferro Helm
- discharged, esp with a pension, owing to age or illness
- too old to serve usefully
C17: from Medieval Latin superannātus aged more than one year, from Latin super- + annus a year
- to pension off
- to discard as obsolete or old-fashioned
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Word Origin and History for superannuated
1640s, back-formation from superannuated. Related: Superannuating.
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