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obsolescent

[ ob-suh-les-uhnt ]
/ ˌɒb səˈlɛs ənt /
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adjective
becoming obsolete; passing out of use, as a word: an obsolescent term.
becoming outdated or outmoded, as machinery or weapons.
Biology. gradually disappearing or imperfectly developed, as vestigial organs.
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Origin of obsolescent

First recorded in 1745–55, obsolescent is from the Latin word obsolēscent- (stem of obsolēscēns, present participle of obsolēscere to fall into disuse). See obsolete, -escent

OTHER WORDS FROM obsolescent

ob·so·les·cent·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH obsolescent

1. archaic, obsolescent , obsolete2. obsolescent , obsolete
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British Dictionary definitions for obsolescent

obsolescent
/ (ˌɒbsəˈlɛsənt) /

adjective
becoming obsolete or out of date

Derived forms of obsolescent

obsolescence, nounobsolescently, adverb

Word Origin for obsolescent

C18: from Latin obsolescere; see obsolete
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