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Webster 1913 Edition


Obsolete

Ob′so-lete

,
Adj.
[L.
obsoletus
, p. p. of
obsolescere
. See
Obsolescent
.]
1.
No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused; neglected;
as, an
obsolete
word; an
obsolete
statute
; – applied chiefly to words, writings, or observances.
2.
(Biol.)
Not very distinct; obscure; rudimental; imperfectly developed; abortive.
Syn. – Ancient; antiquated; old-fashioned; antique; old; disused; neglected. See
Ancient
.

Ob′so-lete

,
Verb.
I.
To become obsolete; to go out of use.
[R.]
Fitzed. Hall.

Webster 1828 Edition


Obsolete

OBSOLE'TE

,
Adj.
[L. obsoletus.]
1.
Gone into disuse; disused; neglected; as an obsolete word; an obsolete statute; applied chiefly to words or writings.
2.
In botany, obscure; not very distinct.

Definition 2023


obsolete

obsolete

See also: obsolète

English

Adjective

obsolete (comparative more obsolete, superlative most obsolete)

  1. (of words, equipment, etc.) No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected (often by preference for something newer, which replaces the subject).
    • 2013 July 20, The attack of the MOOCs”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      Since the launch early last year of [] two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations. University brands built in some cases over centuries have been forced to contemplate the possibility that information technology will rapidly make their existing business model obsolete.
    It is speculated that, within a few years, the Internet's speedy delivery of news worldwide will make newspapers obsolete.
  2. (biology) Imperfectly developed; not very distinct.

Usage notes

  • Nouns to which "obsolete" is often applied: word, phrase, equipment, computer, technology, weapon, machine, law, statute, currency, building, idea, skill, concept, custom, theory, tradition, institution.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

obsolete (third-person singular simple present obsoletes, present participle obsoleting, simple past and past participle obsoleted)

  1. (transitive, US) To cause to become obsolete.
    This software component has been obsoleted.
    We are in the process of obsoleting this product.

Usage notes

  • To obsolete is often used in computing and other technical fields to indicate an effort to remove or replace something.
  • Compare deprecated (no longer considered correct usage).

Translations

Related terms


German

Adjective

obsolete

  1. inflected form of obsolet

Italian

Adjective

obsolete f pl (feminine plural form of obsoleto)

  1. Feminine plural form of obsoleto

Latin

Adverb

obsolētē

  1. old

Adjective

obsolēte

  1. vocative masculine singular of obsolētus

References

  • obsolete in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers