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  • Becoming obsolete.

    ‘the custom is now obsolescent’
    • ‘The National Audit Office have reported that the Armed Forces are having to make do with ageing and sometimes obsolescent equipment because new systems are years behind their projected delivery dates.’
    • ‘The bulk of China's order-of-battle, however, consists of obsolescent Soviet-styled and Soviet-built equipment.’
    • ‘Too much equipment was obsolescent, and the lack of capital investment adversely affected productivity.’
    • ‘Walt's obsolescent foreign policy is deeply rooted in the statism of a bygone era.’
    • ‘The hostel at Waterbank has served a purpose for 40 years but is now obsolescent.’
    • ‘In democracies the image is obsolescent: journalists face little danger (except on overseas assignments) and the press do not risk being closed down.’
    • ‘Depending on where you sit, it's either a document recodifying a revolution or a relic recycling an obsolescent controversy.’
    • ‘The configuration of the old trailer was obsolescent, making it problematic for hauling some of the equipment.’
    • ‘Over the past decade, the Iraqis have improvised and cannibalized their obsolescent aircraft, tanks, armored personnel carriers, and air defense network to keep them going.’
    • ‘The term is obsolescent, and will in time probably disappear.’
    • ‘As with other nations in the pre-war period, the USA had short-range reconnaissance units equipped with slow and obsolescent aircraft.’
    • ‘At Pearl Harbor the obsolescent American battle line had been critically disabled, thus freeing the U.S. Navy from its reliance on the capital ship and from whatever lingering faith it might have had in its pre-eminence.’
    • ‘A class is created of dogged self-righteous obstructionists with a vested interest in the status quo, however obsolescent, however decayed, however inappropriate to the site.’
    • ‘The assets themselves are technologically obsolescent and simply too expensive and non-competitive to operate even with private sector efficiencies.’
    • ‘The Tooth Cave spider is a small, whitish, long-legged spider with obsolescent eyes.’
    • ‘With the databases obtained from the alien refugees, they incoming ships were identified as Dreadnoughts, which are obsolescent capital cruisers.’
    • ‘At present the civilized world is trapped somewhat in a timewarp of arguably obsolescent political, ethical, and strategic assumptions and practices.’
    • ‘It is a fact that Luftwaffe airmen and ground personnel won their few defensive successes towards war's end with conventional or even obsolescent weapons.’
    • ‘These historians, whom Anderson labels ‘masters,’ are now considered at least partially obsolescent.’
    • ‘His conventional forces, though obsolescent and suffering from shortages, are still sufficiently massive to threaten neighbors.’
    dying out, becoming obsolete, going out of use, going out of fashion, on the decline, declining, waning, on the wane, disappearing, past its prime, ageing, moribund, on its last legs, out of date, outdated, old-fashioned, outmoded
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/ˌäbsəˈles(ə)nt/ /ˌɑbsəˈlɛs(ə)nt/


Mid 18th century from Latin obsolescent- ‘falling into disuse’, from the verb obsolescere.