from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of not being used or of being no longer in use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of not being used; neglect.
  • v. To cease the use of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Cessation of use, practice, or exercise; inusitation; desuetude.
  • transitive v. To cease to use; to discontinue the practice of.
  • transitive v. To disaccustom; -- with to or from.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cease to use; neglect or omit to employ; abandon or discard from exercise or practice.
  • n. Cessation of use, practice, or exercise: as, disuse of wine; disuse of sea-bathing; disuse of words.
  • n. Cessation of custom or observance; desuetude.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of something that has been unused and neglected


dis- +‎ use (Wiktionary)



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  • disuse = dis + use

    February 26, 2010