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 for obsolete
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Obsolete \Ob"so*lete\, a. [L. obsoletus, p. p. of obsolescere.
     See Obsolescent.]
     1. No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused; neglected;
        as, an obsolete word; an obsolete statute; -- applied
        chiefly to words, writings, or observances.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Biol.) Not very distinct; obscure; rudimental;
        imperfectly developed; abortive.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: Ancient; antiquated; old-fashioned; antique; old;
          disused; neglected. See Ancient.
          [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Obsolete \Ob"so*lete\, v. i.
     To become obsolete; to go out of use. [R.] --Fitzed. Hall.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  obsolete
      adj 1: no longer in use; "obsolete words" [syn: disused,
             obsolete]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  80 Moby Thesaurus words for "obsolete":
     abandoned, abjured, ago, ancient, antediluvian, antiquate,
     antiquated, antique, archaic, behind the times, blown over, by,
     bygone, bypast, dated, dead, dead and buried, deceased, defunct,
     demode, departed, deserted, discarded, discontinued, disused,
     done with, elapsed, expired, extinct, finished, forgotten, gone,
     gone glimmering, gone out, gone-by, has-been, hors de combat,
     irrecoverable, lapsed, no more, not worth saving, obsolesce,
     obsolescent, off the field, old, old hat, old-fashioned, old-time,
     old-timey, on the shelf, out, out of commission, out of date,
     out of fashion, out of gear, out of style, out of use, out-of-date,
     outdated, outmoded, outworn, over, passe, passed, passed away,
     past, past use, pensioned off, relinquished, renounced, resigned,
     retired, run out, superannuate, superannuated, superseded, unused,
     vanished, worn-out, wound up
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  OBSOLETE. This term is applied to those laws which have lost their efficacy, 
  without being repealed, 
       2. A positive statute, unrepealed, can never be repealed by non-user 
  alone. 4 Yeates, Rep. 181; Id. 215; 1 Browne's Rep. Appx. 28; 13 Serg. & 
  Rawle, 447. The disuse of a law is at most only presumptive evidence that 
  society has consented to such a repeal; however this presumption may operate 
  on an unwritten law, it cannot in general act upon one which remains as a 
  legislative act on the statute book, because no presumption can set aside a 
  certainty. A written law may indeed become obsolete when the object to which 
  it was intended to apply, or the occasion for which it was enacted, no 
  longer exists. 1 P. A. Browne's R. App. 28. "It must be a very strong case," 
  says Chief Justice Tilghman, "to justify the court in deciding, that an act 
  standing on the statute book, unrepealed, is obsolete and invalid. I will 
  not say that such case may not exist -- where there has been a non-user for 
  a great number of years; where, from a change of times and manners, an 
  ancient sleeping statute would do great mischief, if suddenly brought into 
  action; where a long, practice inconsistent with it has prevailed, and, 
  specially, where from other and latter statutes it might be inferred that in 
  the apprehension of the legislature, the old one was not in force." 13 Serg. 
  & Rawle, 452; Rutherf. Inst. B. 2, c. 6, s. 19; Merl. Repert. mot Desuetude. 
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  OBSOLETE, adj.  No longer used by the timid.  Said chiefly of words. 
  A word which some lexicographer has marked obsolete is ever thereafter
  an object of dread and loathing to the fool writer, but if it is a
  good word and has no exact modern equivalent equally good, it is good
  enough for the good writer.  Indeed, a writer's attitude toward
  "obsolete" words is as true a measure of his literary ability as
  anything except the character of his work.  A dictionary of obsolete
  and obsolescent words would not only be singularly rich in strong and
  sweet parts of speech; it would add large possessions to the
  vocabulary of every competent writer who might not happen to be a
  competent reader.
  

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