pastness

noun past·ness \ ˈpas(t)-nəs \

Definition of pastness

1 : the quality or state of being past
2 : the subjective quality of something being remembered rather than immediately experienced
  • almost any popular record … is apt to be tinged with pastness
  • —Roy McMullen

First Known Use of pastness

1829

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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