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[noun dis-yoos; verb dis-yooz] /noun dɪsˈyus; verb dɪsˈyuz/
discontinuance of use or practice:
Traditional customs are falling into disuse.
verb (used with object), disused, disusing.
to cease to use.
Origin of disuse
1375-1425; late Middle English. See dis-1, use Unabridged
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  • The use of the pronoun, the disuse of the grammar pulled him up short.

  • Its deplorable peculiarity was, that it was the faintness of solitude and disuse.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • It doesn't seem quite the thing—but in the bush, polite customs have to fall into disuse.

    A Little Bush Maid Mary Grant Bruce
  • Since the disuse of print, opticians have mostly gone to the poor-house.

    With The Eyes Shut Edward Bellamy
  • In former days it was not a thing unknown for unfaithful women to be drowned; but the custom has fallen into disuse.

    Oriental Women Edward Bagby Pollard
  • In many cases habit or use and disuse have probably come into play.

    On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin
  • He suggested that animals modified their organs by use or disuse, and that the effect of this was inherited.

British Dictionary definitions for disuse


the condition of being unused; neglect (often in the phrases in or into disuse)
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Word Origin and History for disuse

c.1400, see dis- + use (n.).


c.1400, "misuse, pervert;" mid-15c., "become unaccustomed," from or on analogy of Old French desuser, from des- "not" (see dis-) + user "use" (see use (v.)). Related: Disused.

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