out·​mod·​ed | \ˌau̇t-ˈmō-dəd \

Definition of outmoded 

1 : not being in style

2 : no longer acceptable, current, or usable outmoded customs

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outmoded computers that can be recycled

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The broken stuff was supposed to be outmoded technologies and ways of doing business. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Slow Down and Try Not to Break Things," 31 July 2018 This exposes the Trump administration’s outmoded views on globalization and trade liberalization. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "China’s Official News Media Sharply Criticize Trump," 16 June 2018 Was having experienced players always beneficial, or was there such a thing as too much experience held by players who pushed outmoded ideas on their younger teammates? Ben Reiter, SI.com, "Why Carlos Beltrán Was the Perfect Addition to Aid the Astros' Journey to the World Series," 9 July 2018 During his own life Giacometti, who was born in Switzerland in 1901, sometimes seemed too outmoded and idiosyncratic to win acclaim. The Economist, "How Alberto Giacometti became a legend," 14 June 2018 Consultants said in the April report that the museum was plagued by outmoded exhibits, lack of a clear mission and failure to build strong ties with the city's philanthropic leadership. Bill Turque, kansascity, "Amid charges of gamesmanship, KC Council takes firmer hand with American Jazz Museum | The Kansas City Star," 24 May 2018 The newspaper industry is partly a victim of outmoded business models, wherein Google and Facebook have in recent years replaced Craigslist as the big baddie stealing all of our ad revenue. John Wenzel, The Atlantic, "The Gutting of The Denver Post is a Death Knell for Local News," 11 May 2018 The track is alternately described as a historic treasure — akin to Boston’s Fenway Park or Chicago’s Wrigley Field — and as outmoded or decrepit. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Preakness will return to Baltimore's Pimlico in 2019. After that, the race's home is uncertain," 11 May 2018 The outmoded gender stereotype that women lack mathematical ability suffered a major blow in 2014, when Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to receive the Fields Medal, math’s most prestigious award. Richard Gunderman, Scientific American, "Maria Agnesi, the Greatest Female Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of," 16 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of outmoded

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

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