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 (ŏb′sə-lēt′, ŏb′sə-lēt′)
1. No longer in use: an obsolete word.
2. Outmoded in design, style, or construction: an obsolete locomotive.
3. Biology Vestigial or rudimentary, especially in comparison with related or ancestral species, as the tailbone of an ape. Used of an organ or other part of an organism.
tr.v. ob·so·let·ed, ob·so·let·ing, ob·so·letes
To cause to become obsolete: "The textbook publishers use every trick known to the marketing mind to obsolete their products year after year, thus closing off the possibility of second-hand sales" (Thomas Frank).

[Latin obsolētus, past participle of obsolēscere, to fall into disuse; see obsolescent.]

ob′so·lete′ly adv.
ob′so·lete′ness n.
ob′so·let′ism n.


a thing, esp a word or group of words, that has gone out of use or is out of date
a rare word for obsolescence
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1. The quality or state of being obsolete:
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While Borum adopted the art market view concerning the obsoletism of creative products, Azara, on the contrary, draws upon timeless reserves of women's power.
Another Scandinavian obsoletism which was displaced by a French synonym was agrote 'to cloy, cram, surfeit'.
The writer compared more than 4000 words, and it is evident that the obsoletism postdates the living synonym four times in five--often by a century or more" (Dike 1933: 210).