from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A state of disuse or inactivity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. disuse, obsolescence (for example, the state of a custom that is no longer observed nor practised)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The cessation of use; disuse; discontinuance of practice, custom, or fashion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Discontinuance of use, practice, custom, or fashion; disuse: as, many words in every language have fallen into desuetude.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state of inactivity or disuse
One important point that was made concerned the degree to which England has over the last one thousand years had so much to do with The Low Countries (a phrase that is now in desuetude but which I use here as neutral code for both Flanders and The Netherlands), often to the mutual commercial benefit of each party and often in ways which enriched us culturally as well as economically.
But when Trent rolled around the practice was already in desuetude, and only one lonely instance was somewhat doubtfully recorded of Vatican I.
Supporters of libertine sexuality should be mindful that desuetude is a “living” concept also — even under the phantasmagorical plurality of Stevens’ waxing dreamy in Casey: It appears that opponents of radical libertinism need merely to achieve a generational duration for their own position and even Casey’s expansive conceptual sweep, sweeps back with just as much double-edged force:
Toasts have also fallen into "desuetude" at private dinners.
I think this could [should] at least be grounds for a claim of desuetude.
Finally, it set off a nice contrast between desuetude of their present condition and their pending leap into fame and fortune, provided they don't flush their prospects down the toilet, which is the premise of the story.
* With a full house, Mary Robinette Kowal began with a puppet show tribute to Ray Harryhausen about a mournful latex dinosaur who has fallen into desuetude.
When the Communists precipitously lost popularity in the 1950s, the word "progressive" fell into desuetude.
Iraqis didn't want them, and they're falling into desuetude, I think, as we speak.
Yet even in their desuetude, when they “remain, tiny in numbers, among the nations,” God awaits their repentance, explicitly mentioning the promise he made to their forefathers.