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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ob•so•leteˌɒb səˈlit, ˈɒb səˌlit(adj.; v.)-let•ed, -let•ing.

  1. (adj.)no longer in general use:

    obsolete customs.

  2. of a discarded or outmoded type:

    an obsolete battleship.

  3. (of a linguistic form) no longer in use, esp., out of use for at least the past century: used in this dictionary to indicate that a word has not been in widespread use since c1750.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

    Ref: Abbr.: Obs.

  4. rudimentary in comparison with the corresponding part or trait in related species or in individuals of the opposite sex.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  5. (v.t.)to make obsolete; antiquate.

Origin of obsolete:

1570–80; < L obsolētus, ptp. of obsolēscere to fall into disuse, perh. =ob-ob-sol(ēre) to be accustomed to +-ēscere-esce


Princeton's WordNet

  1. disused, obsolete(adj)

    no longer in use

    "obsolete words"


  1. obsolete(Verb)

    To perform some action that causes, or attempts to cause, something to become obsolete.

  2. obsolete(Adjective)

    no longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected (often by preference for something newer, which replaces the subject).

    In several years, it is speculated that the Internet's speedy delivery of news worldwide will make newspapers obsolete.

  3. obsolete(Adjective)

    Imperfectly developed; not very distinct.

  4. Origin: From obsoletus, past participle of obsolescere; see obsolesce.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obsolete(adj)

    no longer in use; gone into disuse; disused; neglected; as, an obsolete word; an obsolete statute; -- applied chiefly to words, writings, or observances

  2. Obsolete(adj)

    not very distinct; obscure; rudimental; imperfectly developed; abortive

  3. Obsolete(verb)

    to become obsolete; to go out of use


  1. Obsolete

    Obsolete is the third studio album by American industrial metal band Fear Factory, released on July 28, 1998. Conceptually, it is a sequel to 1995's Demanufacture. With the success of its fourth single, "Cars," a Gary Numan cover, Obsolete would break Fear Factory into the mainstream and remain their highest selling album.

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no longer in use

obsolete weapons.

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