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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See also: dilapidated, languid, lifeless, mundane, obsolete, old, ordinary, outdated, outmoded, pedestrian, prosaic, repetitious, trite, usual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.
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The communities of Crown Heights and Los Angeles were also talked to death in the aftermath of their cataclysms, and yet Smith's theater pieces dug out new material from the sludge of speech, wince-making riffs and inspiring ones as well, fresh revelations even from the stalest language.
But as surefire proof that even the stalest themes can be reused if supported by solid performances, it steadily gets the most out of its familiarity.
Her concern over the legitimacy of our government is well founded, but, under our federal system, it is difficult for a federal court to say that this overcomes stalest legitimate, self-serving reasons for engaging in this practice.
It is not a realist assumption, but it does not go much beyond saying that all stalest preferences are not the same (or subject to the same variables deriving from states' positions in the structure of the system).