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

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Back in India, the monsoon was in full swing, once again, as from time immemorial — a poignant concept for someone with a brain tumor. New York Times, "Waiting for the Monsoon, Discovering a Brain Tumor Instead," 31 Aug. 2019 Travel for good Vancouver exists on the unceded territories of First Nations, who hold long-term relationships with their lands and have stewarded local environments since time immemorial. Lauren Eckert, National Geographic, "See Vancouver like a Nat Geo Explorer," 27 June 2019 But that’s been a criticism of campaign coverage from time immemorial, and rarely is there any great change of emphasis, especially with an abundance of national and state polls. Washington Post, "TV networks staffing up to cover 2020 presidential election," 6 June 2019 Pacific Time has been a problem for the Pac-12 since time immemorial, but the challenge becomes more daunting each season with the current television contracts, sports media cycles and consumer behavior. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Pac-12 football: The Hotline’s most radical schedule suggestion yet (play early … very early)," 6 June 2019 But Booksmart is more interested in upending the logic that has dominated high school since time immemorial: Girls can be smart, but not fun. Kristen Evans, The New Republic, "Booksmart Deserved Better," 5 June 2019 So much so, in fact, that nearly every culture makes, and has made for time immemorial, some version of chicken soup, or at least, broth. Aleksandra Crapanzano, Marie Claire, "Can Eating Chicken Soup Give You Better Skin?," 12 Oct. 2018 The reality is that Native peoples have existed in North America since time immemorial, continue to do so in the present, and will remain here long in the future. Rory Taylor, Teen Vogue, "DNA Tests Are Not An Indicator of Native Identity," 19 Oct. 2018 Hosting an over-the-top party is an art the one percent has been perfecting since time immemorial. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, "The New Breed of Birthday Celebration? Lavish International Parties," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of time immemorial

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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