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

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

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In Palm Beach County, antiquated vote-tallying machines overheated and forced a recount of 174,000 early voting ballots. Grant Schulte, The Seattle Times, "Outdated voting machines spark election worries in Nebraska," 21 Nov. 2018 Twenty-seven years later, this book feels not only antiquated but sexist. Anne Roderique-jones, SELF, "I Tested ‘Love Languages’ and 3 Other Relationship Books on My Marriage," 7 Oct. 2018 But, hopefully, movies like The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Boy Erased will boost public awareness of the issue and encourage voters to mobilize against such antiquated and barbaric practices. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, "How Gay Conversion Therapy Came to Be, and How It Persists Today," 7 Aug. 2018 For some audiences, Michael Myers as a character may simply be antiquated, particularly with a newer crop of high-minded horror films like Hereditary, The Witch, and The Babadook terrifying audiences in recent years. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, October 2018," 5 Sep. 2018 Books about technology often quickly come to feel like a flip-phone, antiquated and destined for the intellectual junk drawer. New York Times, "Click ‘Delete’ to Save Your Soul," 13 June 2018 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

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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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