obsolescence ob‧so‧les‧cence [ˌɒbsəˈlesns ǁ ˌɑːb-] noun [uncountable]
when a product, system etc is becoming no longer useful because something better is available, possible etc:

• Now markets are subject to the faster obsolescence of products due to greater competition.

— obsolescent adjective :

• a region tied to an obsolescent industrial base

ˌplanned obsoˈlescence also ˌbuilt-in obsoˈlescence COMMERCE
when a product is deliberately made to be old-fashioned or impossible to use after a short period of time, so that people have to replace it

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obsolescence UK US /ˌɒbsəˈlesəns/ noun [U]
the process or fact of becoming old-fashioned and no longer useful: »

Depreciation refers to the loss of value of an asset due to age, wear and tear, and obsolescence.


Unless it changes, the industry faces the risk of technological obsolescence.

built-in obsolescence — Cf. built-in obsolescence
obsolescent adjective FORMAL

There are difficulties in finding obsolescent components for older machinery.

See also INVENTORY OBSOLESCENCE(Cf. ↑inventory obsolescence), PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE(Cf. ↑planned obsolescence)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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