Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “an obsolescent technology.”
2. After a linking verb, as in "The technology is obsolescent.”)
Something obsolete is not used anymore because it's old and out of date.
Something obsolescent is becoming that way: obsolescent things are starting to get old and out of date, but they're not totally gone yet.
obsolescently; obsolescence; obsolesce, obsolesced, obsolescing
How to use it:
Talk about obsolescent technology, an obsolescent company, an obsolescent idea or way of thinking, an obsolescent method, a crumbling city with an obsolescent infrastructure, and so on.
Teenagers have informed me that Facebook is undeniably obsolescent, but I'm too old and set in my ways to switch to some other social media platform.
Thankfully, sexist phrases like "lady doctor" seem to be obsolescent, if not totally gone from serious public discourse.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "obsolescent” means when you can explain it without saying “starting to disappear" or “old and on the way out."
Think of a device that used to be new and amazing to you, and fill in the blanks: "The obsolescent _____, now _____, was once _____."
Example: "The obsolescent personal CD player, now mostly shoved in drawers and collecting dust in garages, was once a novelty that made many family car trips endlessly entertaining for me and my sisters."
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A Point Well Made:
E. B. White: "Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down."
1. The opposite of OBSOLESCENT is
A. ON EDGE
B. ON THE RISE
C. ON FIRE
2. We were _____ to see the celebrated web designer's obsolescent site design.
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