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anachronism

noun [C] uk   /əˈnæk.rə.nɪ.zəm/ us  
a person, thing, or idea that exists out of its time in history, especially one that happened or existed later than the period being shown, discussed, etc.: For some people, marriage is an anachronism from the days when women needed to be protected.
anachronistic
adjective uk   /əˌnæk.rəˈnɪs.tɪk/ us  
He described the law as anachronistic (= more suitable for an earlier time) and ridiculous.
anachronistically
adverb uk   /əˌnæk.rəˈnɪs.tɪ.kəl.i/ us  
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