obsolescence

[ ob-suh-les-uhns ]
/ ˌɒb səˈlɛs əns /

noun

the state, process, or condition of being or becoming obsolete.

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Origin of obsolescence

First recorded in 1820–30; obsolesc(ent) + -ence
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Cultural definitions for obsolescence

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.)

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