Obsolete is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of obsolete, followed by 41 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - no longer in use
EXAMPLES - Obsolete in a Sentence
- The fact that war has become obsolete is a new condition. (source)
- A term obsolete in Science if used with reference to Spirit, or Deity. (source)
- It's known as the obsolete media, by those in the industry behind the scenes. (source)
- These comments are obsolete, which is what makes Apple so innovative as a company. (source)
- Javits Center on Manhattan's West Side, which Mr. Cuomo described as obsolete and too small. (source)
- The "Financial Times Deutschland" agreed, calling the EU's rule book "obsolete" -- and saying (source)
- FDA is in "bad shape" and the FSIS meat and poultry inspection system is "obsolete," Taylor said. (source)
- Facebook: It has rendered obsolete from the English language the phrase, "I wonder whatever happened to ..." (source)
- a name obsolete among the places of the earth, that town rejoicing now in the more euphonious title of Clover (source)
- Q When this list of regulations that's identified as obsolete comes forward in June, what will be the process then? (source)
- The last thing you do before you become obsolete is assume bloggers are any different than fans of progressive radio. (source)
- On 9/11, all the firefighters had were radios the city had called "obsolete" and "totally inadequate" 11 years earlier. (source)
- "[But] DVD will last as long as the gasoline engine, newspaper -- any of your 'obsolete' in the very long term industries." (source)
- How coworking is making the office obsolete, which is about how the growth of independent workers is changing the workplace. (source)
- OBSOLETEoption, which deletes backups that are obsolete, that is, no longer needed to satisfy specified recoverability requirements. (source)
- I see now that my stylistic device of saying "obsolete" but then evolving my thinking within the piece to say "incomplete" didn't work. (source)
- The likelihood of Sirius going bankrupt and obsolete is a joke and if it does it will be in three years when the 500 million is used up. (source)
- This will make the "16 dollar" designation on the gold coin obsolete from a market point of view, but not from an official point of view. (source)
- That you and others can conspire to make such central organizing propositions of other firms obsolete is the apex of wishful thinking: -). (source)
- Shira-i, a former captain now crippled and obsolete, is reduced to selling photos of an Earthrise over a Martian city to credulous tourists. (source)
- What it has done and how it has done it, "published later as Tract 41 and renamed, when the passage of years rendered the title obsolete," The (source)
- Dayton also said he believes Minnesota could lose the Vikings without a replacement for the Metrodome, which he called "obsolete in modern terms." (source)
- The notes, called obsolete bills, are mementoes from the rough and tumble days when you could never be quite sure about the contents of your wallet. (source)
- Where is the proof of such endurance of intelligible phrases with just the one central necessary word obsolete and changed into a mysterious proper name? (source)
- Locker forecasts that demand a decade from now will have absorbed much of the so-called obsolete scrap; that is, the junked steel products yet to be processed. (source)
- The last captain to lead the Reds into the Super rugby semi-finals (2001) is certain 2010 skipper Will Genia can make that tag obsolete by breaking the drought. (source)
- a chance to test one of these capabilities out, it's 'obsolete' -- meaning there's a new model that will mordorize forty thousand and also play DVDs and program your microwave. (source)
- The new policy will be verging on obsolete from the moment of publication, and there will be a new one along to supercede it within minutes. on July 8, 2008 at 9: 16 am | Reply Bob (source)
- The play (_Jeu_ is the general term, and the exact, though now in French obsolete, equivalent of the English word) of _Robin et Marion_ combines the general theme of the earlier lyric (source)
- While Kickstarter and like ventures aren't expected to make record labels obsolete, the interaction, participation, and creativity they cultivate seem the early start of a powerful system. (source)
- This explanation is similar to that for the origin of the English name for Livorno in Italy: Leghorn now obsolete, which is a close approximation to the local dialectal form for the name: Ligorno. (source)
- ALL-ELECTRONIC color television, which RCA engineers have achieved in a form that does not make black-and-white equipment obsolete, is a complete departure from the mechanical color transmissions of recent years. (source)
- Visionaforethought, if values have any reality they do NOT just become 'obsolete'; some of us actually do believe in our Western Christian traditions and the standards and equity enshrined in the Old Testament as those essential to civilization. (source)
- A military situation is made up of many factors, and before a ship can be called obsolete, useless to the great general result, it must be determined that she can contribute no more than zero to either side of the equation -- or of the inequality. (source)
- But what makes a word obsolete, more than general agreement to forbear it? and how shall it be continued, when it conveys an offensive idea, or recalled again into the mouths of mankind, when it has once become unfamiliar by disuse, and unpleasing by unfamiliarity? (source)
- The main message that has been transmitted through these myths, especially in the past two decades, is to equate capitalism with the highest possible degree of human civilization, rejecting any search for an alternative as 'obsolete', 'anachronistic' and 'pre-modern'. (source)
- Granted, several of these definitions are now classified as obsolete or rare; nevertheless, the fact remains that the words in use today-the simplest, most seemingly-generic words-are steeped in a long history of evolving meanings and exist now as multifaceted complexities. (source)
- Radok and Svoboda were in pursuit of developing a visual language of narrative, capable of expressing far more than the obvious: One of a level of sophistication and complexity that would render the spoken word obsolete in its ability to convey layers of meaning and narrative. (source)
- When a ship is called obsolete, therefore, it is meant that she is out of use for the same reason that many old English words are -- because they are no longer good for their purpose; their meaning being lost to mankind in general, they no longer serve for the exchange of thought. (source)
- We find that the only contract between the University and the City of Charlottesville which provides for the general care and treatment of indigent patients from the City of Charlottesville is dated October 7, 1915, is in many of its terms obsolete, and, as years have gone by, many of its provisions have been radically changed in practice so that at the present time that contract is not in form satisfactory either to the University or to the City. (source)
- Promoted to Headline (H3) on 1/16/09: Apropos of Vilsack and Monsanto: Doctors in India point to genetic engineering's 'obsolete technology' yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Apropos of Vilsack and Monsanto: Doctors in India point to genetic engineering's 'obsolete technology' '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' Article: In India where Mayhco is Monsanto's distributor, doctors are questioning every aspect of genetically engineered food as well as the government accepting Mahyco's own studies that Bt-brinjal is safe. ' (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 41 example sentences provided below is 44.0, which suggests that "obsolete" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 38 synonyms for obsolete.
anachronistic, ancient, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, archaic, bygone, dated, dead, dead and gone, dinosaur, discarded, disused, done for, dusty, extinct, fossil, gone, had it, has-been, horse and buggy, kaput, moldy, moth-eaten, old, old-fashioned, old-hat, old-school, out, out-of-date, out-of-fashion, outmoded, outworn, stale, superannuated, superseded, timeworn, unfashionable
We have 7 antonyms for obsolete.
contemporary, current, in vogue, modern, new, present, up-to-date
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (ŏbˌsə-lētˈ, ŏbˈsə-lētˌ)
View up to 25 definitions of obsolete from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) No longer in use: an obsolete word.
- (adjective) Outmoded in design, style, or construction: an obsolete locomotive.
- (adjective) 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.
- (verb-transitive) To cause to become obsolete.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) no longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected (often by preference for something newer, which replaces the subject).
- (adjective) Imperfectly developed; not very distinct.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused; neglected; ; -- applied chiefly to words, writings, or observances.
- (adjective) Not very distinct; obscure; rudimental; imperfectly developed; abortive.
- (verb-intransitive) To become obsolete; to go out of use.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Gone out of use; no longer in use: as, an obsolete word; an obsolete custom; an obsolete law. Abbreviated obsolete
- (None) In descriptive zoöl., indistinct; not clearly or sharply marked; applied to colors, faded, dim: as, an obsolete purple; applied to ornaments or organs, very imperfectly developed, hardly perceptible: as, obsolete striæ, spines, ocelli.
- (None) To become obsolete; pass out of use.
- (None) To make obsolete; render disused.
- (None) In botany, notingan organ which is rudimentary or scarcely apparent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) no longer in use