American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Being in the process of passing out of use or usefulness; becoming obsolete.
- adj. Biology Gradually disappearing; imperfectly or only slightly developed. Used of an organ or other part of an animal or plant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Becoming obsolete; passing out of use: as, an obsolescent word or custom.
- In entomology, somewhat obsolete; imperfectly visible. Synonyms Ancient, Old, Antique, etc. See
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Going out of use; becoming obsolete; passing into desuetude.
- adj. becoming obsolete
- First attested circa 1780, from Latin obsolescentum. (Wiktionary)
- Latin obsolēscēns, obsolēscent-, present participle of obsolēscere, to fall into disuse : ob-, away; see ob- + solēre, to be accustomed to. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We have an incredible problem in obsolescent equipment.”
“I also show how "obsolescent" points of view can be turned and often were turned into instruments for the examination of modern theories and I give examples where such an examination shows them to be superior.”
“But if he had studied the matter a little more closely he would have learned that the humanities are remnants of points of view he himself calls "obsolescent," that they changed since the scientific revolution, that by now most of them have been voided of ontological content (in theology this is called demythologization) and can therefore no longer be used as critics of the scientific enterprise.”
“Vatican to cover up - you guessed it - crimes of clerical sex abuse by resort to "obsolescent" canon law.”
“I just wish that every industry would stay away from anything obsolescent just to make a quick dollar.”
“The only one who win are these technology obsolescent companies.”
“Murdoch seems obsolescent and, like the dictators of North Africa, his troubles come from the abuse of power.”
“Does NATO unity really depend on outmoded weapons and increasingly obsolescent delivery aircraft? ...”
“The result is that the whole can become somewhat obsolescent before it is finished.”
“In a modern, plural society, concepts like majority rule and minority veto should really be obsolescent.”
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