pastness

noun
past·​ness | \ ˈpas(t)-nəs How to pronounce pastness (audio) \

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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“Pastness.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pastness. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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