Obsolete vs Modern - What's the difference?

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As adjectives the difference between obsolete and modern

is that obsolete is obsolete, deprecated (computing) while modern is pertaining to a current or recent time and style; not ancient.

As a noun modern is

someone who lives in modern times.




(en adjective)
  • No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected (often by preference for something newer, which replaces the subject).
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The attack of the MOOCs , passage=Since the launch early last year of […] two Silicon Valley start-ups offering free education through MOOCs, massive open online courses, the ivory towers of academia have been shaken to their foundations. University brands built in some cases over centuries have been forced to contemplate the possibility that information technology will rapidly make their existing business model obsolete .}}
  • (biology) Imperfectly developed; not very distinct.
  • Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "obsolete" is often applied: word, phrase, equipment, computer, technology, weapon, machine, law, statute, currency, building, idea, skill, concept, custom, theory, tradition, institution.


    * (no longer in use) ancient, antiquated, antique, archaic, disused, neglected, old, old-fashioned, out of date * abortive, obscure, rudimental

    Derived terms

    * obsoleteness


  • (US) Oxford Dictionary To cause to become obsolete.
  • This software component has been obsoleted .
    We are in the process of obsoleting this product.

    Usage notes

    * (term) is often used in computing and other technical fields to indicate an effort to remove or replace something. * Compare





  • Pertaining to a current or recent time and style; not ancient.
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  • *:But then I had the flintlock by me for protection. ΒΆ There were giants in the days when that gun was made; for surely no modern mortal could have held that mass of metal steady to his shoulder. The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.}}
  • (lb) Pertaining to the modern period (c.1800 to contemporary times), particularly in academic historiography.
  • Synonyms

    * contemporary


    * dated * old * pre-modern * ancient

    Derived terms

    * modern-day * modernise, modernize verb * modernity noun * postmodern (''see also prepostmodern, postpostmodern) * premodern * early modern


    (en noun)
  • Someone who lives in modern times.
  • * 1779 , Edward Capell, ?John Collins, Notes and various readings to Shakespeare
  • What the moderns could mean by their suppression of the final couplet's repeatings, cannot be conceiv'd
  • * 1956 , John Albert Wilson, The Culture of Ancient Egypt (page 144)
  • Even though we moderns can never crawl inside the skin of the ancient and think and feel as he did we must as historians make the attempt.


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