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planned obsolescence

a method of stimulating consumer demand by designing products that wear out or become outmoded after limited use.
Also called built-in obsolescence.
Origin of planned obsolescence
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for planned obsolescence

planned obsolescence

the policy of deliberately limiting the life of a product in order to encourage the purchaser to replace it Also called built-in obsolescence
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planned obsolescence in Culture
planned obsolescence [(ob-suh-les-uhns)]

Incorporating into a product features that will almost certainly go out of favor in a short time, thereby inducing the consumer to purchase a new model of the product. Placing sweeping tail fins on an automobile was an example of planned obsolescence.

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