out·​mod·​ed | \ ˌau̇t-ˈmō-dəd How to pronounce outmoded (audio) \

Definition of outmoded

1 : not being in style
2 : no longer acceptable, current, or usable outmoded customs

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Examples of outmoded in a Sentence

outmoded computers that can be recycled
Recent Examples on the Web Iron Mountain Entertainment Services became more than an archive after its 2007 acquisition of Xepa Digital, which specialized in restoring and preserving outmoded audio and digital tapes. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Hollywood’s Fort Knox is Iron Mountain. Its latest restored treasure: Bee Gees footage," 9 Dec. 2020 As societies innovate and grow, their prosperity gets shackled by outmoded ideas of what money is. Adam Rowe, WSJ, "Holiday Gift Books 2020: Business," 19 Nov. 2020 Others have simply been out of the campaigns game for a full four or more years now, so hiring them carries a risk of staffing up with outmoded, out-of-touch figures. Liz Mair, Washington Examiner, "The new class: Republican campaigns are at a rare crossroads.," 5 Nov. 2020 This felt very precisely wrong: The players’ raw, personal, urgent calls for human dignity undercut by an outmoded arena-rock cliché. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "What I Learned Inside the N.B.A. Bubble," 30 Sep. 2020 What today’s naysayers fail to understand is that these latter-day Joans don’t derive their power from some outmoded notion of innocence. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "How Shouting, Finger-Waving Girls Became Our Conscience," 30 Sep. 2020 During the early years of Obama’s presidency, Democratic elites clung to the outmoded, antidemocratic filibuster in the Senate, allowing Blue Dog Democrats and Republicans to exercise veto power over their agenda. David Faris, The New Republic, "Four New Justices, No Matter What," 22 Sep. 2020 Whether it’s reducing outlays for substitute teachers, controlling line-item construction costs, outsourcing janitorial services, or streamlining procurement, there are myriad opportunities to bring outmoded district routines into the 21st century. Brandon L. Wright, National Review, "Schools Can Do Better with the Dollars They Have," 18 Sep. 2020 The Army’s attempt to replace its outmoded Bradley tank is a case in point. Elliott Negin, Scientific American, "It's Time to Rein in Inflated Military Budgets," 14 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of outmoded

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outmoded was in 1903

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16 Dec 2020

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“Outmoded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outmoded. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outmoded

: no longer useful or acceptable : not modern or current


out·​mod·​ed | \ au̇t-ˈmō-dəd How to pronounce outmoded (audio) \

Kids Definition of outmoded

: no longer in style or in use an outmoded dress outmoded equipment

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