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  1. retired because of age or infirmity.
  2. too old for use, work, service, or a position.
  3. 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


verb (used with object), su·per·an·nu·at·ed, su·per·an·nu·at·ing.
  1. to allow to retire from service or office on a pension because of age or infirmity.
  2. to set aside as out of date; remove as too old.
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verb (used without object), su·per·an·nu·at·ed, su·per·an·nu·at·ing.
  1. to be or become old, out of date, or retired.
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Origin of superannuate

First recorded in 1640–50; back formation from superannuated
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Related Words

antiquated, outmoded, dated, aged, old, old-fashioned, outdated, obsolete, senile, passe

Examples from the Web for superannuated

Historical Examples

  • It is too depressing, these vagaries, these senile ramblings of a superannuated musician.

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • Started a superannuated fortune, and just now upon the full scent.

  • It was a boon to superannuated officers, and the number was limited.

    The Indian in his Wigwam

    Henry R. Schoolcraft

  • Then there will be a demonstration, at any rate, and then the thing will be superannuated.

  • Of their small force some of the soldiers were superannuated, others invalid.

    The Fort Dearborn Massacre

    Linai Taliaferro Helm

British Dictionary definitions for superannuated


  1. discharged, esp with a pension, owing to age or illness
  2. too old to serve usefully
  3. obsolete
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Word Origin

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


verb (tr)
  1. to pension off
  2. to discard as obsolete or old-fashioned
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Word Origin and History for superannuated


"retired on account of old age," 1630s, "obsolete, out of date," from Medieval Latin superannuatus "more than a year old" (of cattle), from Latin super "beyond, over" (see super-) + annus "year" (see annual).

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1640s, back-formation from superannuated. Related: Superannuating.

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