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desuetude

[ des-wi-tood, -tyood ]
/ ˈdɛs wɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /
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noun

the state of being no longer used or practiced.

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Origin of desuetude

1425–75; late Middle English <Latin dēsuētūdo, equivalent to dēsuē-, base of dēsuēscere to become disaccustomed to, unlearn (dē-de- + suēscere to become accustomed to) + -tūdō-tude
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British Dictionary definitions for desuetude

desuetude
/ (dɪˈsjuːɪˌtjuːd, ˈdɛswɪtjuːd) /

noun

formal the condition of not being in use or practice; disusethose ceremonies had fallen into desuetude

Word Origin for desuetude

C15: from Latin dēsuētūdō, from dēsuescere to lay aside a habit, from de- + suescere to grow accustomed
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