Word Of The Week: Deprecate

In common English usage, the word deprecate can have the following meanings:

1 a: archaic to pray against (as an evil) b: to seek to avert
2: to express disapproval of
3 a: play down, make little of b: belittle, disparage

(from www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deprecate)

However:

“In computer software standards and documentation, the term deprecation is applied to software features that are superseded and should be avoided. Although deprecated features remain in the current version, their use may raise warning messages recommending alternate practices, and deprecation may indicate that the feature will be removed in the future. Features are deprecated — rather than being removed — in order to provide backward compatibility and to give programmers using the feature time to bring their code into compliance with the new standard.”

(from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deprecate)

Note that deprecate is not to be confused with degradation, denigration, depreciation, or defamation!

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