Definition of antiquated 

1 : outmoded or discredited by reason of age : old and no longer useful, popular, or accepted antiquated ideas antiquated methods of farming antiquated machinery antiquated slang

2 : obsolete an antiquated calendar

3 : advanced in age

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old, ancient, venerable, antique, antiquated, archaic, obsolete mean having come into existence or use in the more or less distant past. old may apply to either actual or merely relative length of existence. old houses an old sweater of mine ancient applies to occurrence, existence, or use in or survival from the distant past. ancient accounts of dragons venerable stresses the impressiveness and dignity of great age. the family's venerable patriarch antique applies to what has come down from a former or ancient time. collected antique Chippendale furniture antiquated implies being discredited or outmoded or otherwise inappropriate to the present time. antiquated teaching methods archaic implies having the character or characteristics of a much earlier time. the play used archaic language to convey a sense of period obsolete may apply to something regarded as no longer acceptable or useful even though it is still in existence. a computer that makes earlier models obsolete

Examples of antiquated in a Sentence

He has some pretty antiquated opinions about politics. saw an antiquated hand-cranked rope-making machine at the textiles museum

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The proposal would eliminate an antiquated law that requires a husband or wife to receive one-third of rent or profits from property sales. Jessie Balmert,, "Restoring faith after FBI probe, GOP feud? Lawmakers pass 28 proposed laws," 7 June 2018 The idea that players should have to choose between having a family and having a career is as antiquated as wooden rackets. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "French Open is punishing Serena Williams for having a baby," 21 May 2018 California senator Alan Cranston sponsored the key amendment in 1978 after a group of home brewing constituents lobbied him to overturn an antiquated law that taxed the production of beer brewed at home for personal use. Josh Noel,, "How Goose Island sale to Anheuser-Busch changed craft beer; new book by Tribune beer writer Josh Noel," 9 May 2018 But the antiquated costume is still in use for a hotch-potch of court proceedings, including all criminal cases and appeals. The Economist, "As temperatures rise, English lawyers’ costumes look odder than ever," 5 July 2018 And while that might sound antiquated, there’s an even better way keep your credit card data safe: pay cash. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "Beware Credit Card Skimmers at Gas Stations This July Fourth, Secret Service Warns," 3 July 2018 Roku’s initiative is one of several aimed at updating the antiquated TV ad business. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Roku Launches a New Marketplace for TV Ad Inventory," 27 June 2018 Set aside antiquated pothead stereotypes for a minute: How many of us would get pretty bent out of shape if the price of an after-work IPA was a trip to the unemployment line? Nestor Ramos,, "Marijuana use is legal. So why can employers fire people for using off-hours?," 26 June 2018 Some of the most sugary sounds on the record accompany words that position Rose as a fighter, done with antiquated gender roles in culture and the music industry. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Caroline Rose goes it alone as singer-songwriter rolls into Houston," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of antiquated

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for antiquated

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English Language Learners Definition of antiquated

: very old and no longer useful, popular, or accepted : very old-fashioned or obsolete


an·ti·quat·ed | \ˈan-tə-ˌkwā-təd\

Kids Definition of antiquated

: very old and no longer useful or popular : old-fashioned, obsolete We bought a house with an antiquated electrical system.

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