Stale demand
Stale Stale, a. [Akin to stale urine, and to stall, n.; probably from Low German or Scandinavian. Cf. {Stale}, v. i.] 1. Vapid or tasteless from age; having lost its life, spirit, and flavor, from being long kept; as, stale beer. [1913 Webster]

2. Not new; not freshly made; as, stale bread. [1913 Webster]

3. Having lost the life or graces of youth; worn out; decayed. ``A stale virgin.'' --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

4. Worn out by use or familiarity; having lost its novelty and power of pleasing; trite; common. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

Wit itself, if stale is less pleasing. --Grew. [1913 Webster]

How weary, stale flat, and unprofitable Seem to me all the uses of this world! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Stale affidavit} (Law), an affidavit held above a year. --Craig.

{Stale demand} (Law), a claim or demand which has not been pressed or demanded for a long time. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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