Origin of desuetudeMiddle English from Classical Latin desuetudo from desuetus, past participle of desuescere, to disuse from de-, from + suescere, to be accustomed: see custom
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An example of desuetude is the law concerning prohibition of alcohol which is no longer in use because it was repealed.
A state of disuse or inactivity.
Origin of desuetudeFrench désuétude from Latin dēsuētūdō from dēsuētus past participle of dēsuēscere to put out of use dē- de- suēscere to become accustomed ; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural desuetudes)
- When they fell into desuetude, malaria gained the upper hand, the lack of drainage providing breeding-places for the malarial mosquito.
- The title of count of Agenais, which the kings of England had allowed to fall into desuetude, was revived by the kings of France, and in 1789 was held by the family of the dukes of Richelieu.
- Two days later he showed that he intended to exercise the right of the President to address Parliament direct - a right which had fallen into desuetude - by sending a message to the Chambers, in which he stated that it was his function as President "to be a guide and adviser for public opinion in times of crisis" and "to seek to make a rational choice between conflicting interests."
- COMPARATIVE ANATOMY, a term employed to designate the study of the structure of man as compared with that of lower animals, and sometimes the study of lower animals in contradistinction to human anatomy; the term is now falling into desuetude, and lingers practically only in the titles of books or in the designation of university chairs.
- In the very exceptional cases in which it was retained in the statute book, expulsion was considered to have fallen into desuetude, but it has been revived by the Aliens Act of 1905 (5 Edw.