desuetude
de·sue·tude /'de-swi-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd; di-'sü-ə-ˌtüd/ n [Latin desuetudo disuse, from desuescere to lose the habit of]: a doctrine holding that a statute may be abrogated because of its long disuse

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

desuetude
I noun abandonment, abeyance, abrogation, absence, abstention, archaism, arrest, cancellation, cessation, desistance, desuetudo, discarding, discontinuance, disusage, disuse, dormancy, failure to use, halt, idleness, impotence, inaction, inactivity, inanimation, inertia, inusitation, inutility, neglect, nonavailability, nonobservance, nonretention, nonuse, obsolescence, obsoleteness, omission, relinquishment, stagnation, standstill, state of being unused, stop, stoppage, stoppage of use, surrender, suspension, termination II index abolition, disuse, nonuse

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


desuetude
n.
A condition of disuse; the state of obsolete laws and practices that are no longer applied because their subject matter no longer exists, such as laws governing carriages drawn by horses.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


desuetude
The state of being unused; legally, the doctrine by which a law or treaty is rendered obsolete because of disuse. The concept encompasses situations in which a court refuses to enforce an unused law even if the law has not been repealed.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


desuetude
The state of being unused; legally, the doctrine by which a law or treaty is rendered obsolete because of disuse. The concept encompasses situations in which a court refuses to enforce an unused law even if the law has not been repealed.

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  • désuétude — [ desɥetyd; dezɥetyd ] n. f. • 1596, rare av. XVIIIe; lat. desuetudo ♦ Abandon où est tombée une chose dont on a cessé depuis longtemps de faire usage (surtout dans tomber en désuétude). « loi tombée en désuétude, mais dont l observance… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Desuetude — Désuétude Voir « désuétude » sur le Wiktionnaire …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Desuetude — Des ue*tude, n. [L. desuetudo, from desuescere, to grow out of use, disuse; de + suescere to become used or accustomed: cf. F. d[ e]su[ e]tude. See {Custom}.] The cessation of use; disuse; discontinuance of practice, custom, or fashion. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • désuétude — DÉSUÉTUDE. s. f. (On prononce le S comme s il étoit double.) Il se dit Des Lois, Réglemens, etc. qui sont en quelque manière anéantis par le non usage. Cette Loi est tombée es désuétude …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • desuetude — 1620s, from M.Fr. désuétude (16c.), from L. desuetudo disuse, from desuetus, pp. of desuescere become unaccustomed to, from de away, from (see DE (Cf. de )) + suescere become used to (see MANSUETUDE (Cf. mansuetude)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • desuetude — [des′wi to͞od΄, des′wityo͞od΄] n. [ME < L desuetudo < desuetus, pp. of desuescere, to disuse < de , from + suescere, to be accustomed: see CUSTOM] the condition of not being used or practiced any more; disuse [laws fallen into desuetude] …   English World dictionary

  • desuetude — ► NOUN formal ▪ a state of disuse. ORIGIN Latin desuetudo, from desuescere make unaccustomed …   English terms dictionary

  • Desuetude — In law, desuetude (from the Latin desuetudo, outdated, no longer custom) is a doctrine that causes statutes, similar legislation or legal principles to lapse and become unenforceable by a long habit of non enforcement or lapse of time. It is what …   Wikipedia

  • Désuétude — Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Désuétude », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) La désuétude exprime le fait de ne plus être utilisé, de ne plus être employé, de ne plus être en phase avec la société contemporaine;… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Desuetude — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Desuetude >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 desuetude desuetude disusage Sgm: N 1 obsolescence obsolescence disuse &c. 678 Sgm: N 1 want of habit want of habit want of practice Sgm: N 1 inusitation inusitation …   English dictionary for students

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