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

Examples of outmoded in a Sentence

outmoded computers that can be recycled
Recent Examples on the Web Mocking opera for its outmoded aspects is easy; calling it out for its historical treatment of women is justified. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2021 Too often, nonprofit leaders will stick by outmoded management frameworks that haven’t evolved with modern modes of doing work. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 The blast underscored the difficulties Russia has faced in imposing modern safety standards in a dangerous sector where fatal blasts have been common and are often blamed on lax safety standards or outmoded equipment. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2021 But other experts say that the whole notion of baseload power is an outmoded concept, predicated on old assumptions about the ways that grids work. Time, 5 Nov. 2021 During the early years of Obama’s presidency, Democratic elites clung to the outmoded, anti-democratic filibuster in the Senate, allowing Blue Dog Democrats and Republicans to exercise veto power over their agenda. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 12 Aug. 2021 But not every rocker felt so outmoded, as artists from all genres started changing their looks and sounds to fit the moment. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2021 But the suppression of children’s imagination doesn’t take place only in underresourced communities or outmoded education systems. Peter Sutoris, Scientific American, 4 Sep. 2021 One was that the Bengals and the Reds were threatening to leave town unless the city provided each team with its own new facility to replace Cinergy Field, the generic, outmoded, multi-sport facility built as Riverfront Stadium in 1970. Steven Litt, cleveland, 22 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of outmoded

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outmoded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outmoded. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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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