desuetude – [ des-wi-tood, -tyood ] – / ˈdɛs wɪˌtud, -ˌtyud / – Noun
- the state of being no longer used or practiced.
WORDS RELATED TO DESUETUDE
ORIGIN OF DESUETUDE
1425–75; late Middle English < Latin dēsuētūdo, equivalent to dēsuē-, base of dēsuēscere to become disaccustomed to, unlearn (dē- de- + suēscere to become accustomed to) + -tūdō -tude
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DESUETUDE
- Among certain indulgent officials these enactments had been allowed to fall into desuetude.
- She had left them a Social Position—one, which even after twenty years of desuetude, was fit for use.
- The more childish forms of ancient superstition, such as the use of ephods and teraphim, had fallen into desuetude.
- Desuetude begets incompetence—the dare-not soon becomes the cannot.
- But the whole history of Israel shows how utterly and how early the law must have fallen into desuetude.