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stale

adjective banal, boring, common, decayed, declining, dull, effete, faded, fetid, flat, fusty, hackneyed, humdrum, insipid, jejune, mildewed, moldy, monotonous, musty, obsoletus, off, old, pedestrian, prosaic, prosy, rancid, rotten, savorless, sour, soured, spoiled, tasteless, timeworn, trite, unimaginative, uninteresting, unvaried, vapid, wasted, wilted, withered, without novelty, worn out
Associated concepts: stale cause of action, stale check
See also: dilapidated, languid, lifeless, mundane, obsolete, old, ordinary, outdated, outmoded, pedestrian, prosaic, repetitious, trite, usual

stale

of a claim, having lost its effectiveness or force, as by failure to act or by the lapse of time. Some stale claims maybe lost forever by operation of PRESCRIPTION or LIMITATION. See CHEQUE, LACHES.
References in classic literature ?
Prince Vasili always spoke languidly, like an actor repeating a stale part.
Raffles, both of which seemed to have a stale odor of travellers' rooms in the commercial hotels of that period.
I can't smell anything else, except stale tobacco smoke," he announced.
If the news is not stale, and has not already appeared in the other papers, perhaps you will kindly relate what occurred, while I make notes of it.
Then, astounded by the quantity of beer that was lacking, and remembering having seen stale beer made to foam afresh, I took a stick and stirred what was left till it foamed to the brim.
The three gentlemen dropped solemnly back into their three chairs, and repeated the dreadful intelligence, in chorus--"Tinkler has gone stale.
They all knew by experience that there were no stale dishes and no cheap wines at Mablethorpe House.