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desuetude

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noun de·sue·tude \ˈde-swi-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd, di-ˈsü-ə-, -ˈsyü-\

Definition of desuetude

  1. :  discontinuance from use or exercise :  disuse



Examples of desuetude

  1. <despite the long years of desuetude, the old manual typewriter seemed to work just fine>



Origin of desuetude

Middle English dissuetude, from Latin desuetudo, from desuescere to become unaccustomed, from de- + suescere to become accustomed; akin to Latin sodalis comrade — more at sib


First Known Use: 15th century


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