• (British) IPA: /ˌɒb.səˈlɛ.səns/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌɑb.səˈlɛ.səns/


  1. (uncountable) The state of being obsolete—no longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected.
    • 2019, Jason Hickel, Climate breakdown is coming. The UK needs a Greener New Deal ↗ in the Guardian.
      One way is to legislate extended warranties on products, so washing machines and refrigerators last for 30 years instead of 10. Another is to ban planned obsolescence, so manufacturers can’t create products that are designed to fail.
  2. (countable) The process of becoming obsolete, outmoded or out of date.
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