Definition of obsolete in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɒbsəliːt


  • 2 Biology (Of a part or characteristic of an organism) less developed than formerly or in a related species; rudimentary; vestigial.
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    • In the other three families the maxillary palps are vestigial or obsolete.
    • In most other insects the occiput is either obsolete or soldered to the hind part of the epicranium.


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  • Cause (a product or idea) to become obsolete by replacing it with something new: we’re trying to stimulate the business by obsoleting last year’s designs
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    • So Dalton declared: ‘the focus is to show not only the progression of the technology but also that customers who have invested in it aren't obsoleting their product.’
    • It's difficult not to be really impressed with a product that is so improved over its predecessors it obsoletes them.
    • So what is this magic surveillance technology that confused him and obsoleted the court?



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  • People submitted over one hundred suggestions - many are obsoletely hilarious.


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  • By the time I first came to live in England in the 1960s, and for years thereafter, the obsoleteness of the Royal Academy as a benign factor in the life of contemporary art was simply assumed as a fact.
  • The context for such a volume is the possibility that musicology might be saved from obsoleteness by such boundary-crossings.
  • It was like many towns in that part of the country in its poverty and obsoleteness.


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  • Like all hardware technology, obsoletism is right around the corner.
  • Seeing no real hope in any previous upgrades I clung to the software until its recent demise into obsoletism.
  • Many of their prize web sites are quietly moving along to obsoletism or moving towards being banned altogether by the search engines.


late 16th century: from Latin obsoletus 'grown old, worn out', past participle of obsolescere 'fall into disuse'.

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