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obsolescence

[ob-suh-les-uh ns]
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noun
  1. 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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n.

1809; see obsolescent + -ence. Phrase Planned obsolescence coined 1932, revived as a disparaging term 1950s.

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obsolescence in Culture

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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