Deprecated vs. Obsolete

Deprecated vs. Obsolete — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Deprecated and Obsolete

Deprecatedverb

To express disapproval of; deplore.

Obsoleteadjective

No longer in use

an obsolete word.

Deprecatedverb

To belittle; depreciate.

Obsoleteadjective

Outmoded in design, style, or construction

an obsolete locomotive.

Deprecatedverb

(Computers) To mark (a component of a software standard) as obsolete to warn against its use in the future so that it may be phased out.

Obsoleteadjective

(Biology) Vestigial or rudimentary, especially in comparison with related or ancestral species, as the tailbone of an ape. Used of an organ or other part of an organism.

Deprecatedadjective

Strongly disapproved of.

Obsoleteverb

To cause to become obsolete

"The textbook publishers use every trick known to the marketing mind to obsolete their products year after year, thus closing off the possibility of second-hand sales" (Thomas Frank).

Deprecatedadjective

Belittled; insulted.

Obsoleteadjective

(of words, equipment, etc.) No longer in use; gone into disuse; disused or neglected (often by preference for something newer, which replaces the subject).

It is speculated that, within a few years, the Internet's speedy delivery of news worldwide will make newspapers obsolete.

Deprecatedadjective

(computing) Said of a function or feature planned to be phased out, but still available for use.

Foo() has been deprecated; it outputs a debug message and then calls Foo2()Note that deprecated functions are not removed.

Obsoleteadjective

(biology) Imperfectly developed; not very distinct.

Deprecatedverb

simple past tense and past participle of deprecate

Obsoleteverb

To cause to become obsolete.

This software component has been obsoleted.We are in the process of obsoleting this product.

Obsoleteadjective

old; no longer in use or valid or fashionable;

obsolete wordsan obsolete locomotiveoutdated equipmentsuperannuated lawsout-of-date ideas

Obsoleteadjective

no longer in use;

obsolete words