See also: obsolète

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Borrowed from Latin obsolētus (worn out, gone out of use), past participle of obsolēscere (to wear out, fall into disuse, grow old, decay); see obsolesce.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɒbsəliːt/
  • (US) enPR: äbsəˈlēt, IPA(key): /ɑbsəˈliːt/, /ˈɑbsəliːt/
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obsolete (comparative more obsolete, superlative most obsolete)

  1. (of words, equipment, etc.) No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected (often in favour of something newer).
    Synonyms: antiquated, deprecated, disused; see also Thesaurus:obsolete
    It is speculated that, within a few years, the Internet's speedy delivery of news worldwide will make newspapers obsolete.
    • 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.
  2. (biology) Imperfectly developed; not very distinct.
    Synonyms: abortive, obscure, rudimental
    • 1891, Charles Dixon, The Birds of Our Rambles: With a Companion for the Country, page 130:
      These two birds somewhat closely resemble each other, but the Sedge Warbler is russet-brown above, the feathers with dark centres, the pale buff eyestripe is very clearly defined, and the underparts are buffish white; the Reed Warbler is more olive on the upper parts, the feathers having no dark centres, the underparts are more inclined to buff, and the eyestripe is nearly obsolete.

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

  1. (transitive) To cause to become obsolete.
    This software component has been obsoleted.
    We are in the process of obsoleting this product.
    • 2023 March 22, “Pause Giant AI Experiments: An Open Letter”, in Future of Life Institute[1]:
      Should we develop nonhuman minds that might eventually outnumber, outsmart, obsolete and replace us?

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  • 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).

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  1. inflection of obsolet:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

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obsolete f pl

  1. feminine plural of obsoleto

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obsolētē (comparative obsolētius, superlative obsolētissimē)

  1. old
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  1. vocative masculine singular of obsolētus

References edit

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