obsolescence

noun ob·so·les·cence \ ˌäb-sə-ˈle-sᵊn(t)s \

Definition of obsolescence

:the process of becoming obsolete or the condition of being nearly obsolete
  • the gradual obsolescence of machinery
  • reduced to obsolescence
  • the planned obsolescence of automobiles

Examples of obsolescence in a Sentence

  1. the obsolescence of the old technology

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

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First Known Use of obsolescence

circa 1832



OBSOLESCENCE Defined for English Language Learners

obsolescence

noun

Definition of obsolescence for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

obsolescence

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

legal Definition of obsolescence

:a loss in the utility or value of property that results over time from intrinsic limitations (as outmoded facilities) or external circumstances
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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