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planned obsolescence

Definition of Planned Obsolescence

(noun) To increase profits by intentionally producing goods that quickly become obsolete and therefore require replacing.

Example of Planned Obsolescence

  • An electronic device with an irreplaceable battery or unupgradeable memory.

Planned Obsolescence Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: planned ob·so·les·cence

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /plAnd ahb-suh-lE-s-ns/
  • British English – /plAnd ob-suh-lE-suhns/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /plænd ˌɑbsəˈlɛsəns/
  • British English – /plænd ˌɒbsəˈlɛs(ə)ns/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: planned obsolescences
  • Planned obsolescence is achieved by frequent changes in design, limiting the availability of replacement parts, and the use of substandard materials.
  • Also called built-in obsolescence.

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Cite the Definition of Planned Obsolescence

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “planned obsolescence.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 18, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/planned-obsolescence/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

planned obsolescence. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/planned-obsolescence/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “planned obsolescence.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 18, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/planned-obsolescence/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“planned obsolescence.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/planned-obsolescence/>.