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 Grande-Synthe, like many of the towns around it, has suffered from the shuttering of outmoded factories, leaving it today with a record unemployment rate of 28 percent, well above France’s average rate of 8.7 percent. New York Times, "A French Town’s Green Policies Aim to Win Over the Working Class," 25 July 2019 Now, such fusionist thinking is derided as outmoded, incoherent, ineffective, and self-destructive. John Hood, National Review, "New Nationalists Make Three Big Bets," 28 Aug. 2019 The definition of this outmoded word ultimately adopted by the courts will be critical. Danny Cevallos, NBC News, "Here's how Trump could escape 'emoluments' claims he's profiting as president," 4 Sep. 2019 Ultimately, summer camps exist to validate outmoded social structures among the most vulnerable age bracket. Mac Schwerin, Vox, "The case against summer camp," 16 Aug. 2019 But powerful forces sustain this outmoded ways of seeing the world. Charles King, Time, "American Students Are Taught Racism Is Bad—But They're Still Not Learning the Truth About Race," 6 Aug. 2019 These components suggest outmoded science experiments or the moist interiors of various bodily systems, while sending additional mixed messages. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Matt Wilt wields a deft hand for his ceramic creations," 3 Aug. 2019 When you’re done, just place the headphones on the magnetic charging dock (or use the Dimension’s increasingly outmoded Micro USB port). Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "We Tried Dolby's $600 Dimension Headphones. Are They Worth the Massive Price Tag?," 2 July 2019 The fundamental premise of the novel was its most quickly outmoded feature—outmoded almost from the start. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "“1984” at Seventy: Why We Still Read Orwell’s Book of Prophecy," 8 June 2019

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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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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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