Desuetude Definition

dĕswĭ-to͝od, -tyo͝od
noun
The condition of not being used or practiced any more; disuse.
Laws fallen into desuetude.
Webster's New World
A state of disuse or inactivity.
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adjective
The definition of desuetude is no longer being used.
An example of desuetude is the law concerning prohibition of alcohol which is no longer in use because it was repealed.
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Other Word Forms of Desuetude

Noun

Singular:
desuetude
Plural:
desuetudes

Origin of Desuetude

  • French désuétude from Latin dēsuētūdō from dēsuētus past participle of dēsuēscere to put out of use dē- de- suēscere to become accustomed s(w)e- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the French désuétude, from the Latin dēsuētūdo (“disuse”).

    From Wiktionary

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