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Definition of software rot

software rot

noun - uncountable

  • a hypothetical affliction that causes programs to run more poorly over time. Software doesn't actually rot, rather a program's assumptions may become out of date, newer operating systems may not function in exactly the same way, etc.

    Last edited on Nov 11 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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