ob·​so·​les·​cent | \ ˌäb-sə-ˈle-sᵊnt How to pronounce obsolescent (audio) \

Definition of obsolescent

: going out of use : becoming obsolete

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Other Words from obsolescent

obsolescently adverb

Examples of obsolescent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vecchio said the engine's hookup to the governor system did not match up due to the obsolescent nature of the parts. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Brook Park council authorizes emergency repairs to 1994 fire truck," 13 Dec. 2019 Thousands of deficient and structurally obsolescent bridges are languishing across the nation. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "Pa. steel girding the replacement Tappan Zee bridge," 25 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of obsolescent

1755, in the meaning defined above

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“Obsolescent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obsolescent. Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of obsolescent

: no longer useful : becoming obsolete

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