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Definitions for obsolete
ˌɒb səˈlit, ˈɒb səˌlitob·so·lete

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disused, obsoleteadjective

    no longer in use

    "obsolete words"


  1. obsoleteverb

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

  2. obsoleteadjective

    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. obsoleteadjective

    Imperfectly developed; not very distinct.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OBSOLETEadjective

    Worn out of use; disused; unfashionable.

    Etymology: obsoletus, Lat.

    Obsolete words may be laudably revived, when either they are more sounding, or more significant than those in practice. John Dryden, Juvenal Ded.

    What if there be an old dormant statute or two against him, are they not now obsolete? Jonathan Swift.


  1. obsolete

    Obsolete refers to something that is no longer produced, used, or considered useful or relevant because it has been replaced by something newer and more modern. It typically refers to old technology, systems, products, or ideas that have been phased out.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obsoleteadjective

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

  2. Obsoleteadjective

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

  3. Obsoleteverb

    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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  1. Obsolete

    Obsolescent vs. Obsolete -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Obsolescent and Obsolete.


  1. Obsolete

    nearly or entirely lost: inconspicuous.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obsolete in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obsolete in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of obsolete in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    I said [NATO] was obsolete. It’s no longer obsolete.

  2. Todd Harrison:

    It is true that military equipment becomes obsolete over time, but it is premature to say that The F-35 is becoming obsolete. The F-35 is still, by many standards, the most advanced fighter jet in the world, obsolescence in military equipment depends on a number of factors, such as what military missions it is intended to support, the threats posed by adversaries, and the availability of other military equipment that can perform the same missions. A piece of equipment that is obsolete for one nation may be perfectly suited for another nation.

  3. Peter Drucker:

    When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.

  4. Ronald Reagan:

    I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.

  5. Victor Matheson:

    These things become economically obsolete before they become physically obsolete.

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