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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
planned obsolescence
▪ For the less scrupulous, this has become the age of the worker with built in obsolescence.
▪ It is also worth noting that an operating lease transfers the risk of obsolescence from the lessee to the lessor.
▪ Managers and executives faced with their own likely technical obsolescence are in some senses confronted with their own professional mortality.
▪ So they followed their cousins in the car industry and made their buildings with built-in obsolescence.
▪ The faster products change, the faster they become obsolete, and even obsolescence creates openings.
▪ The international community clung to Resolution 242 despite its growing obsolescence, as the only agreed basis for a solution.
▪ The shortcomings of economics are not original error but uncorrected obsolescence.
▪ There has been a renewal of interest and research into questions of obsolescence, and storage costs.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Obsolescence \Ob`so*les"cence\, n. [See Obsolescent.] The state of becoming obsolete.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


n. 1 (context uncountable English) The state of being obsolete—no longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected. 2 (context countable English) The process of becoming obsolete, outmoded or out of date.


n. the process of becoming obsolete; falling into disuse or becoming out of date; "a policy of planned obsolescence"


Obsolescence is the state of being which occurs when an object, service, or practice is no longer wanted even though it may still be in good working order. Obsolescence frequently occurs because a replacement has become available that has, in sum, more advantages compared to the disadvantages incurred by maintaining or repairing the original. Obsolete refers to something that is already disused or discarded, or antiquated. Typically, obsolescence is preceded by a gradual decline in popularity.

Obsolescence (album)

Obsolescence is the fourth album by death metal band Abysmal Dawn. It was released on October 24, 2014 by Relapse Records. It's also to be considered as a follow-up album from their previous release Leveling the Plane of Existence. A music video was made for "Inanimate".

Usage examples of "obsolescence".

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.

Planned obsolescence has disappeared, so far as the prole is concerned.

The essential change in the social fabric, as we have analyzed it, is the progressive supersession of the old broad labour base by elaborately organized mechanism, and the obsolescence of the once valid and necessary distinction of gentle and simple.

The obsolescence of those old organicist and holistic myths opens the way to strange new social and political arrangements.

But so far, this has not been a very significant amount, certainly not enough to compensate for the continued erosion of Iraq's training, leadership, combat experience, and logistical capabilities along with the growing obsolescence of its equipment.

The tendency toward shorter relational durations is thus built more deeply into the social structure than arguments over planned obsolescence or the manipulative effectiveness of Madison Avenue would suggest.

Furthermore, production by assembly line creates a fundamental need for planned obsolescence or else the assembly line, by its own efficiency, would fill the needs of everyone in the market and be forced to shut down.

And the paperback revolution, by making inexpensive editions available everywhere, lessens the scarcity value of the book at precisely the very moment that the increasingly rapid obsolescence of knowledge lessens its longterm informational value.

Precisely by virtue of their obsolescence, calls to subjective agency, or to collective imagination and mobilization, merely reinforce the feedback loops of normalizing power.

These needs are not as simply described as the critics of planned obsolescence sometimes assume.

Any scientist or engineer who came up with some scheme for planned obsolescence, we'd toss in the slammer.

Some of its guts, we'll say, were designed with planned obsolescence in mind.

In a world of planned obsolescence, Vivienne took pleasure in getting long, full use out of everything that she bought, whether it was a toaster or an automobile.

For those few who passed, there awaited a reward, an afterlife not only experientially superior to life but free of life's planned obsolescence.

Even with planned obsolescence, it would last as long as he'd need it.