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obsolescence

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The aim of life is some way of living, as flexible and gentle as human nature; so that ambition may stoop to kindness, and philosophy to condor and humor. Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper, bloody hands, an anguished spirit, and a vain hatred of the rest of the world.
George Santayana
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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] obsolescens past participle of obsolescere.

Pronunciation

[ˌɑb.səˈlɛ.səns]

Noun

Singular
obsolescence

Plural
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obsolescence (s)
  1. (uncountable) The state of being obsolete—no longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected.
    • 1911, “Caddis-fly and Caddis-worm”, in 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica,  
      Apart from this feature the Trichoptera also differ from the typical Neuroptera in the relatively simple, mostly longitudinal neuration of the wings, the absence or obsolescence of the mandibles and the semi-haustellate nature of the rest of the mouth-parts.
  2. (countable) The process of becoming obsolete, outmoded or out of date.
    • 2005, Joseph Harold Greenberg, William Croft, Genetic Linguistics[1],  
      Shared obsolescences can be of some significance when connected with a functional replacement. If two languages replace an earlier word for 'nose' with some other term and also lose the traditional term, this double agreement is of significance for judging the existence of a common historical period.

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