Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Desuetude, a Scottish law term signifying that long usage with public consent has practically effected the revocation of a previous legal enactment. The word has no signification of this kind in English law, where a statute must be repealed or modified (by statute subsequently passed) to be rendered inoperative. There are, however, several statutes that have become practically obsolete in England.