disuse

[noun dis-yoos; verb dis-yooz]

noun

discontinuance of use or practice: Traditional customs are falling into disuse.

verb (used with object), dis·used, dis·us·ing.

to cease to use.

Nearby words

  1. disunion,
  2. disunionist,
  3. disunite,
  4. disunited,
  5. disunity,
  6. disused,
  7. disutility,
  8. disvalue,
  9. disyllabic,
  10. disyllabism

Origin of disuse

1375–1425; late Middle English. See dis-1, use

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British Dictionary definitions for disuse

disuse

noun

the condition of being unused; neglect (often in the phrases in or into disuse)
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Word Origin and History for disuse
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