out·​mod·​ed ˌau̇t-ˈmō-dəd How to pronounce outmoded (audio)
: not being in style
: no longer acceptable, current, or usable
outmoded customs

Example Sentences

outmoded computers that can be recycled
Recent Examples on the Web In a more industrialized society with increasingly (hopefully) outmoded gender expectations, the name of the game was consistency and stability. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, 7 May 2023 Critics have argued for casting the bishops out of the House of Lords, saying their presence is outmoded and undemocratic in a country that is increasingly secular and where the Church of England is only one of several faiths. Mark Landler, New York Times, 11 May 2023 Also, the touchpad controls aren’t very tactile and this particular iteration of Mercedes-Benz media system—which was outmoded even in 2018 – looks blockier than a Tetris tournament. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 10 May 2023 This is how that God—now outmoded, but very much a force to be reckoned with for most of recorded history—must have regarded everything. Margaret Jull Costa, Harper’s Magazine , 10 Apr. 2023 From such details, the artist constructs a small, nearly outmoded world. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 5 May 2023 Dworkin, metonym for an outmoded Second Wave stridency? Sam Huber, The New York Review of Books, 26 Jan. 2023 Garcia’s shows always tend to lead with a broadness that gives the impression of making fun of his characters, who are prone to malapropisms, getting their news from wholly unreliable sources, and live in houses packed with cornily unironic knick-knacks and malfunctioning, outmoded technology. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Aug. 2022 Charter cities targeted the outmoded institution of nation-states. Quinn Slobodian, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outmoded was in 1903

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“Outmoded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outmoded. Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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out·​mod·​ed (ˈ)au̇t-ˈmōd-əd How to pronounce outmoded (audio)
: no longer acceptable, usable, or fashionable
outmoded beliefs

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