time immemorial


Definition of time immemorial

1 : time so long past as to be indefinite in history or tradition

called also time out of mind

2 : a time antedating a period legally fixed as the basis for a custom or right

Examples of time immemorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, Lennon also seems to be singing from an archetypal vantage point on behalf of all men to all women from time immemorial. Joe Raiola, Star Tribune, "Re-examining a flawed icon, John Lennon," 12 Oct. 2020 Since time immemorial, Google has had two TV platforms: Chromecast, which is an HDMI dongle that acts as a streaming endpoint for smartphone apps, and Android TV, an Android set-top box that can install apps and is driven with a remote control. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "What to expect from Google’s 2020 hardware event," 22 Sep. 2020 Since time immemorial, mental illness has been characterised as something to fear and mental health institutions have formed a backdrop for horror films. Daisy Schofield, refinery29.com, "Inside The Complex World Of ‘Psych Ward’ TikTok," 13 Sep. 2020 That, in fact, has been many a traveling preacher’s grift from time immemorial. Elizabeth Spiers, The New York Review of Books, "Jerry Falwell Jr. and the Evangelical Redemption Story," 20 Aug. 2020 Traditional medicine has played a valuable role in Indian health care for time immemorial, helping improve public health in rural and poor communities in tandem with modern science. Vidya Krishnan, The Atlantic, "Why India’s Pandemic Response Is Tipping Towards Pseudoscience," 18 Aug. 2020 The End of the World Review will feature some of my favorite writers from Longreads plus new voices, as well as my classic weekly books newsletter, as seen in your inboxes since time immemorial. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "This Week in Books: Farewell Longreads! I’m Taking This Rodeo to Substack.," 10 Aug. 2020 Since time immemorial, people around the world have been beguiled by the wonders of the night sky. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "A New Type of Aurora Ripples Across the Sky in Horizontal Green ‘Dunes’," 29 Jan. 2020 From time immemorial, human beings have settled near water. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Sea level rise could destroy 20% of the world's GDP by 2100," 30 July 2020

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First Known Use of time immemorial

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Time immemorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20immemorial. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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time immemorial

time im·​me·​mo·​ri·​al | \ -ˌi-mə-ˈmȯr-ē-əl \

Legal Definition of time immemorial

1 : a time beyond legal memory formerly fixed by English law as the beginning of the reign of Richard I in 1189 but modified in common law
2 : a time going back beyond the memory of any living person

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