• WordNet 3.6
    • n obsoleteness the property of being out of date and not current
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Obsoleteness (Biol) Indistinctness; want of development.
    • Obsoleteness The state of being obsolete, or no longer used; a state of desuetude.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n obsoleteness The state of being obsolete or out of use.
    • n obsoleteness In descriptive zoöl., the state of being abortive, or so imperfectly developed as to be indistinct or scarcely discernible.
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  • Dr. Seuss
    Dr. Seuss
    “Adults are obsolete children.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    “When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.”
  • Henri B. Stendhal
    “Nothing is so hideous as an obsolete fashion.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “I gleaned jests at home from obsolete farces.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “Ay, ay, the best terms will grow obsolete: damns have had their day.”


In literature:

This hill is called Findine in the ancient lives of the saint; but this name is now obsolete.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
Trial by combat may become obsolete in practice even long before it becomes illegal.
"Rebuilding Britain" by Alfred Hopkinson
The use of set prescriptions for set diseases is obsolete; the doctor of to-day treats the patient, not the disease.
"Epilepsy, Hysteria, and Neurasthenia" by Isaac G. Briggs
No one probably wished to continue a system which had long proved itself obsolete and unworkable.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
The serpent has been already mentioned as the bass of the obsolete zinken or wooden cornets, straight or curved, with cupped mouthpiece.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 819" by Various
Otherwise though mathematics might not be refuted it might well be despised, like an obsolete ontology.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Their beliefs and their scepticism alike are often the acceptance or rejection of the obsolete.
"The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day" by Evelyn Underhill
The idea that 'priest' is but 'magician' writ differently, that prayers are but spells under another name, is now obsolete.
"Recent Developments in European Thought" by Various
The northern speech is therefore not barbarous, but obsolete.
"A Grammar of the English Tongue" by Samuel Johnson
I mean a dear, obsolete creature in the village.
"The Palace Beautiful" by L. T. Meade

In poetry:

It tells me when I am to eat,
Which isn't necessary;
When food with me is obsolete,
I'll be a reliquary.
"The Little Clock" by Hattie Howard
So tooth and nail were obsolete
As means against a foe,
Till, bored by uniform defeat,
Some genius built the bow.
"The Benefactors" by Rudyard Kipling
Farewell, sweet hope, not long to last,
All life is better for thy past.
Farewell till love with sorrow meet,
To learn that tears are obsolete.
"Dora" by Jean Ingelow
Thus we reform whate'er is iniquitous,
Thus we remove whatever is obsolete,
Yet always resolve to deal fairly
Even with those who deserve it rarely:
"Freedom (In Alcaics.)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
"Fifteen each side, the combatants divide,
So nicely balanced are their predilections;
And first of all a tear-drop each lets fall,
A tribute to their obsolete affections.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
There was a time in happy days gone by,
That rosy interval of youth, when I
The scholar ardent early learned to trace
Great tributaries to their starting place;
And thine some prairie hollow obsolete
Whose name how few remember or repeat.
"The Sangamon River" by Hattie Howard

In news:

"Are you annoyed that your iPad 3 is now obsolete ".
Obama debate jab implies bayonets obsolete , but don't tell it to the Marines.
Notable deaths in sports, A to M. Justice Department study reviews possibly obsolete crimes in Canada.
Textbooks will be obsolete .
Is Mobile Currency Really Making Cash Obsolete .
Education chief wants textbooks to become obsolete .
Nostalgia for Obsolete Technology Meets DIY Culture in the USB Typewriter.
GOP positions 'offensive, obsolete relic' of past.
Isaac brushes past an obsolete convention.
That's My Issue: People Have Become Obsolete .
IPhone 5 With Revamped Dock Could Render Old Accessories Obsolete .
Is social media making the resume obsolete .
Thanks to growing number of Web tools, some say the resume is already obsolete .
But the features and technologies in the latest competing tablets are making the Apple original look obsolete.
Apple`s Original iPad Is Obsolete: 10 Technologies That Outdate It.

In science:

If the theory of polyfolds (or some other alternative) becomes widely adopted, then our Kuranishi space framework might come to seem obsolete.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
Every mapped Gene ID is checked against the list of obsolete Gene IDs, which are no longer considered to have a protein product existing in vivo.
ppiTrim: Constructing non-redundant and up-to-date interactomes
When, however, the width of the neutralino is taken into account, the smearing of the cross section might make this observation obsolete and less appealing for the determination of the neutralino mass.
Summary of the SUSY Working Group of the 1999 Les Houches Workshop
By late 70’s the prophets have left the field leaving for us the Old Testament ( , ) which later became obsolete and by now abandoned in favor of New ones.
Topological Character of Excitations in Strongly Correlated Electronic Systems: Confinement and Dimensional Crossover
The title to this section is deliberately provocative and hopefully will be obsolete before this volume is off the press.
Status of VHE Astronomy c.2000