Definition of antiquated in English:



  • Old-fashioned or outdated.

    ‘this antiquated central heating system’
    • ‘The religious leaders are encouraging it, for the same antiquated reasons they always have.’
    • ‘Hard cases make bad law, but antiquated conventions make bad legal practice.’
    • ‘The system, which replaces the antiquated radio network, was due to be introduced in the Humberside area in August.’
    • ‘We have a court system that creaks under antiquated traditions, and distinct reluctance to change them.’
    • ‘The Scottish Parliament is already in the process of dismantling our antiquated feudal system of land laws.’
    • ‘In Britain, slopping out was branded as one of the indignities of an antiquated prison system.’
    • ‘If ever there was an opportunity to address the antiquated system of BBC funding and governance, this is it.’
    • ‘How can they still have this antiquated system where Sutton residents have no control over how much gas they use, or how much they can pay?’
    • ‘They may find it quaint or antiquated, rather than charming, and its few flaws may stand out larger due to the hype.’
    • ‘Some of those antiquated attitudes are unfortunately still kicking around, according to Warner.’
    • ‘Like many London houses, this was a narrow, up-and-down affair with antiquated facilities.’
    • ‘Homer turns bootlegger when Springfield enforces an antiquated prohibition law.’
    • ‘First up is a review of the house-building industry and the antiquated planning system.’
    • ‘It is an antiquated system where blunders are easily committed and just as easily covered up.’
    • ‘Posters seem a somewhat antiquated form of expression, at least the paper kind.’
    • ‘He added that the staff would be moving from an antiquated facility belonging to a past era to a new, comfortable facility.’
    • ‘We see a lot of antiquated regulatory enforcement systems in various parts of the world.’
    • ‘The antiquated system of temporal note keeping needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.’
    • ‘Such irony that the nation leading the world into the Information Age has an electoral system that is so antiquated.’
    • ‘Because of the type of film he uses, he is forced to use antiquated cameras that do not accommodate the recording of direct sound.’
    outdated, out of date, outmoded, behind the times, old-fashioned, archaic, anachronistic, superannuated, outworn, ancient, antediluvian, primitive, medieval, quaint, old-fangled, obsolescent, obsolete, prehistoric
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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘old, of long standing’): from ecclesiastical Latin antiquare ‘make old’, from antiquus (see antique).