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
the obsolescence of the old technology
Once a useful tool, slide rules have fallen into obsolescence.
Recent Examples of obsolescence from the Web
Svendsen, for his part, fears no obsolescence, no matter what the rule ends up being.
Three Mile Island will always be famous not as an example of nuclear energy’s economic obsolescence, but of the nuclear industry’s slipshod management practices.
Every five years or so, each film needs to be copied to new media, in a constant race against magnetic-tape degradation and drive obsolescence.
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First Known Use of obsolescence
OBSOLESCENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obsolescence for English Language Learners
: the condition of no longer being used or useful : the condition of being obsolete
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 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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