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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Obsolete  \Ob"so*lete\,  a.  [L.  obsoletus  p.  p.  of  obsolescere 
  See  {Obsolescent}.] 
  1.  No  longer  in  use  gone  into  disuse;  disused;  neglected; 
  as  an  obsolete  word  an  obsolete  statute;  --  applied 
  chiefly  to  words  writings,  or  observances. 
  2.  (Biol.)  Not  very  distinct;  obscure;  rudimental; 
  imperfectly  developed;  abortive. 
  Syn:  Ancient;  antiquated;  old-fashioned;  antique;  old 
  disused;  neglected.  See  {Ancient}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Obsolete  \Ob"so*lete\,  v.  i. 
  To  become  obsolete;  to  go  out  of  use  [R.]  --Fitzed.  Hall. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  old  no  longer  in  use  or  valid  or  fashionable;  "obsolete 
  words";  "an  obsolete  locomotive";  "outdated 
  equipment";  "superannuated  laws";  "out-of-date  ideas" 
  [syn:  {outdated},  {out-of-date},  {superannuated}] 
  2:  no  longer  in  use  "obsolete  words"  [syn:  {disused}] 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  OBSOLETE,  adj  No  longer  used  by  the  timid.  Said  chiefly  of  words 
  A  word  which  some  lexicographer  has  marked  obsolete  is  ever  thereafter 
  an  object  of  dread  and  loathing  to  the  fool  writer,  but  if  it  is  a 
  good  word  and  has  no  exact  modern  equivalent  equally  good,  it  is  good 
  enough  for  the  good  writer.  Indeed,  a  writer's  attitude  toward 
  obsolete"  words  is  as  true  a  measure  of  his  literary  ability  as 
  anything  except  the  character  of  his  work  A  dictionary  of  obsolete 
  and  obsolescent  words  would  not  only  be  singularly  rich  in  strong  and 
  sweet  parts  of  speech;  it  would  add  large  possessions  to  the 
  vocabulary  of  every  competent  writer  who  might  not  happen  to  be  a 
  competent  reader. 

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