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obsolescence

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noun ob·so·les·cence \-ˈle-sən(t)s\

Simple Definition of obsolescence

  • : the condition of no longer being used or useful : the condition of being obsolete

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of obsolescence

  1. :  the process of becoming obsolete or the condition of being nearly obsolete <the gradual obsolescence of machinery> <reduced to obsolescence>

Examples of obsolescence in a sentence

  1. the obsolescence of the old technology

  2. Once a useful tool, slide rules have fallen into obsolescence.



Circa 1828

First Known Use of obsolescence

circa 1828


Law Dictionary

obsolescence

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noun ob·so·les·cence \ˌäb-sə-ˈles-əns\

Legal Definition of obsolescence

  1. :  a loss in the utility or value of property that results over time from intrinsic limitations (as outmoded facilities) or external circumstances Editor's note: Obsolescence is usually distinguished from depreciation and physical deterioration. economic obsolescence :  obsolescence that results from external factors (as location) that render a property obsolete, no longer competitive, unattractive to purchasers or investors, or of decreasing usefulness <claimed that the appraisal failed to account for economic obsolescence resulting from an adjacent waste facility> functional obsolescence \ˈfəŋk-shə-nəl-\ :  obsolescence deriving from a lack of adequate or appropriate equipment, space, or design






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