Adjective "obsolete" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


No longer produced or used; out of date.
  1. 'the phrase was obsolete after 1625'
  2. 'The dumping of obsolete machinery and technology in the third world, especially in India, is destabilising the very economy.'
  3. 'The meaning of traditional astrological texts is frequently obscured by the use of archaic or obsolete terms.'
  4. 'He is appealing for help from members of the public who own obsolete machines so he can unlock archaic files.'
  5. 'Apparently the delay is due to some of the components being ancient and obsolete (dating back as far as 1999).'
  6. 'One minute, happy and in love, the next he felt like a wet newspaper, out of date, obsolete, discarded in the rain.'
  7. 'Two surgeries in the York area have made a huge investment in state-of-the-art machinery which will help to make obsolete the much-feared dentist's drill.'
  8. 'If, like me, you'd rather gargle drain cleaner than watch anything to do with our outmoded, obsolete head of state, there are only a few escape routes.'
  9. 'Anything that has become obsolete must be discarded and replaced with some thing new and novel.'
  10. 'So here we stand, out in the pasture in very much the same way as the outdated and obsolete horse.'
  11. 'There were widespread concerns that the machines and the equipment they carried were at best old-fashioned and at worst obsolete.'
(of a part or characteristic of an organism) less developed than formerly or in a related species; rudimentary; vestigial.
  1. 'In the other three families the maxillary palps are vestigial or obsolete.'


Cause (a product or idea) to become obsolete by replacing it with something new.
  1. '‘We think technology that changes the design of the shoe rather than just the function, like our pump that obsoletes laces, is where the breakthroughs come,’ says Chief Marketing Officer Baldwin.'
  2. 'What happens if the car still has plenty of life in it, which today's high quality almost guarantees, but the electronic technology quickly obsoletes today's whizbang gadgets?'
  3. 'Ideas about storage architectures are obsoleting long held sacred tenets and myths about backup and archiving.'
  4. 'It's difficult not to be really impressed with a product that is so improved over its predecessors it obsoletes them.'
  5. 'It's not as if one technology were totally obsoleting the other.'
  6. 'So what is this magic surveillance technology that confused him and obsoleted the court?'
  7. 'Obsoleting products such as cell phones purely on the basis of their ‘coolness’ or lack of it will, of course, send the environmentally conscious into a mood of black despair.'
  8. 'It absolutely obsoletes the conventional automobile if we're right, and if we can get to those cost goals.'
  9. 'Although it has a new chassis, the computer company isn't obsoleting its current systems.'
  10. 'There is no current proposal for a multi-phase move that would eventually relocate public safety agencies to the 700 MHz band, thus obsoleting all existing public safety 800 MHz equipment.'


1. no longer in general use; fallen into disuse: an obsolete expression.

2. of a discarded or outmoded type; out of date: an obsolete battleship.

3. (of a linguistic form) no longer in use, especially, out of use for at least the past century.Compare archaic.

4. effaced by wearing down or away.

5. Biology. imperfectly developed or rudimentary in comparison with the corresponding character in other individuals, as of the opposite sex or of a related species. verb (

More examples(as adjective)

"fleets can be obsolete by ends."

"structures can be obsolete under changes."

"missiles can be obsolete with falls."

"missiles can be obsolete with collapses."

"links can be obsolete as agents."

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Late 16th century: from Latin obsoletus ‘grown old, worn out’, past participle of obsolescere ‘fall into disuse’.