- no longer in general use; fallen into disuse: an obsolete expression.
- of a discarded or outmoded type; out of date: an obsolete battleship.
- (of a linguistic form) no longer in use, especially, out of use for at least the past century.Compare archaic.
- effaced by wearing down or away.
- Biology. imperfectly developed or rudimentary in comparison with the corresponding character in other individuals, as of the opposite sex or of a related species.
- to make obsolete by replacing with something newer or better; antiquate: Automation has obsoleted many factory workers.
Origin of obsolete
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2. antiquated, ancient, old.
1, 2. new, modern.
Terms and definitions labeled Obsolete in this dictionary have not been in widespread use since the mid 1700s. Unlike some relatively familiar archaic words and phrases, like prithee and thou art, obsolete words and phrases are not easily understood by a modern reader, and obsolete senses of current terms, as found in definitions 13, 14, and 15 of nice, are even more difficult for a contemporary reader to recognize.
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Examples from the Web for obsoleteness
All these characteristics are so broadly printed upon his pages that the obsoleteness of the narrative does not hide them.
This oblivion of old emotions, this obsoleteness of old things, was by no means confined to England.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)
John William Draper
We can really sometimes find little difference, except an obsoleteness of language, which gives them a kind of poignancy.
The general style of the Faery Queen is not exempt from several defects, besides those of obsoleteness and redundancy.
But my obsoleteness rendered me only more suited to the service in which I was enlisted.
- out of use or practice; not current
- out of date; unfashionable or outmoded
- biology (of parts, organs, etc) vestigial; rudimentary
C16: from Latin obsolētus worn out, past participle of obsolēre (unattested), from ob- opposite to + solēre to be used
The word obsoleteness is hardly ever used, obsolescence standing as the noun form for both obsolete and obsolescent
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Word Origin and History for obsoleteness
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