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[ob-suh-les-uh ns] /ˌɒb səˈlɛs əns/
the state, process, or condition of being or becoming obsolete.
Origin of obsolescence
1820-30; obsolesc(ent) + -ence Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If innovation threatens companies with obsolescence and extinction, they cannot afford to leave it to chance.
  • But as new sea routes opened and faster ships were built, land caravans slipped into obsolescence.
  • Perhaps all intelligent life has a built-in obsolescence.
  • The company's road map of planned obsolescence chips continues unabated.
  • But dig a little deeper and the truth is more complex and may say as much about planned obsolescence as it does consumer safety.
  • Alas, this apparently gleaming economy had built-in obsolescence.
  • Computers are hardly the only electronic hardware hounded by obsolescence.
  • Planned obsolescence is driving everyone to live beyond there means.
  • For years conspiracy theories have been circulating about the built in obsolescence of the incandescent light bulb.
  • Designer trends may have the built-in obsolescence of a spring fling, but a good old-fashioned catfight never goes out of season.
Word Origin and History for obsolescence

1809; see obsolescent + -ence. Phrase Planned obsolescence coined 1932, revived as a disparaging term 1950s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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obsolescence in Culture
obsolescence [(ob-suh-les-uhns)]

A decline in the value of equipment or of a product brought about by an introduction of new technology or by changes in demand. (See planned obsolescence.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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