[ soo-per-an-yoo-ey-tid ]
/ ˌsu pərˈæn yuˌeɪ tɪd /
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retired because of age or infirmity.
too old for use, work, service, or a position.
antiquated or obsolete: superannuated ideas.



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Origin of superannuated

1625–35; alteration (with -u- of annual) of Medieval Latin superannātus over a year old (said of cattle), equivalent to super ann(um) beyond a year + -ātus-ate1; see -ed2
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British Dictionary definitions for superannuated

/ (ˌsuːpərˈænjʊˌeɪtɪd) /


discharged, esp with a pension, owing to age or illness
too old to serve usefully

Word Origin for superannuated

C17: from Medieval Latin superannātus aged more than one year, from Latin super- + annus a year
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