- The definition of obsolete is something that is no longer being used or is out of date.
- An example of obsolete is the vcr.
- An example of obsolete is a Sony Walkman.
A VCR player is obsolete technology.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- no longer in use or practice; discarded
- no longer in fashion; out-of-date; passé
- Biol. rudimentary or poorly developed as compared with its counterpart in other individuals of a related species, the opposite sex, etc.; vestigial: said of an organ, etc.
Origin: L obsoletus, past participle of obsolescere, to go out of use from ob- (see ob-) plush an unverified form -solescere (from exolescere, to grow out of use from ex-, ex- plush uncertain or unknown; perhaps alescere, to increase: see adolescent)
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- No longer in use: an obsolete word.
- Outmoded in design, style, or construction: an obsolete locomotive.
- Biology Vestigial or imperfectly developed, especially in comparison with other individuals or related species; not clearly marked or seen; indistinct. Used of an organ or other part of an animal or plant.
Origin: Latin obsolētus, past participle of obsolēscere, to fall into disuse; see obsolescent.
- obˌso·leteˈly adverb
- obˌso·leteˈness noun
- obˈso·letˌism noun