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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
Recent Examples on the Web As a result, the majority of US states are still using antiquated electronic voting systems that are prone to hacking. Pete Gelling, Quartz, "Even the famously low-tech Iowa caucus is facing fears of election hacking," 2 Feb. 2020 The data comes from the Milwaukee Police Department’s antiquated systems — where private details about officers and the public are intertwined with information the settlement agreement requires to be published. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fire and Police Commission struggles with huge sets of data, time-consuming work on stop-and-frisk reforms," 10 Jan. 2020 Some Texas law enforcement officials found ways of working around the antiquated law. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Texas’ Retired Police Dogs No Longer Have to Be Sold or Euthanized," 7 Nov. 2019 Washington had an antiquated law that prohibited sales of alcohol on Sundays. Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times, "In 52 years at The Seattle Times, photographer Greg Gilbert has seen it all. But he wants to see more.," 31 July 2019 Slowly but surely, that antiquated notion is being challenged. Rachel King, Fortune, "The 10 Best Business Books of 2019," 1 Dec. 2019 While the old saw about the captain going down with his ship is more an antiquated notion, there are laws to punish a ship's master who shirks his duty to safely evacuate passengers. Brian Melley, Anchorage Daily News, "Probe to find cause of boat fire could lead to criminal case," 5 Sep. 2019 Alexander’s androgynous appearance and soft demeanor enable the plot to function, as does Ernst’s mind-blowing commitment to period specificity: from antiquated technology to Jay Wadley’s upbeat, electronic score. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Queer drama about a straight boy is tenderly provocative and markedly vital," 22 Aug. 2019 Belle’s comments about the jail’s computer system echoed concerns raised by national jail experts over the jail’s antiquated technology. Adam Ferrise,, "Issues with Cuyahoga County Jail computer system contributed to inmate’s mistaken release, fired officer says," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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“Antiquated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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