obsolescent vs obsolete : Common Errors in English

About obsolescent vs obsolete

Many people assume the word “obsolescent” must be a fancy form of “obsolete,” but something obsolescent is technically something in the process of becoming obsolete. Therefore it’s an error to describe something as “becoming obsolescent.”

obsolescent Meaning(s)

  • (s) becoming obsolete

obsolete Meaning(s)

  • (s) no longer in use

obsolescent in News

  • Golden oldie movie lines sometimes get it just right

    Do you ever wonder who would buy any of those obsolescent VHS movies donated to thrift stores? I can name at least one person: me. I add them to my collection of favorite movies that I want to replay during our scorchingly hot summer afternoons. At this time there's nothing like the escape of a great movie I've already seen; watching one is like visiting an old friend.
    on July 4, 2013 Source: Arizona Daily Star

obsolete in News

  1. The Future of Selling Online

    The Internet is not making salespeople obsolete; it's making them even more important. For the past two decades, numberless pundits have predicted that the Internet would make salespeople obsolete. The theory was simple: customers would use the "wealth of information" online to do their own product research and then order online. The pundits claimed that this "information rich" online ...
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Inc Magazine

  2. Google kills plugin that remakes Internet Explorer in Chrome’s image

    Chrome Frame, designed to bring IE into modern age, is declared obsolete.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Ars Technica

  3. Yes, Credit Cards Are Making You a Bad Person

    Reuters The cashless society -- a world where physical money is practically obsolete -- has, in just a few years, gone from a utopian dream to something like an inevitability. In Sweden, a national effort ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Atlantic via Yahoo! Finance

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