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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And of course, there have been nerds since time immemorial; Leonardo da Vinci was a nerd, Ben Franklin was a nerd, Albert Einstein was the quintessential nerd. Recode Staff, Recode, "How ‘hackers, founders, and freaks’ built Silicon Valley," 3 Aug. 2018 Baseball players have shoved sticky pink wads into their mouths for time immemorial, particularly as a way to replace—or cover up—their nasty tobacco habits. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Eugenio Suarez Can Run, Hit, Throw and Chew Gum at the Same Time," 2 Aug. 2018 So Juan, Maxine Waters, a fixture, a fixture from time immemorial. Fox News, "Trump, Democrats gear up for Supreme Court showdown," 3 July 2018 Yet, this land has been my family’s home since time immemorial. Rory Taylor, Teen Vogue, "The Current Border Crisis Feels All Too Familiar for Indigenous Peoples in the United States," 12 July 2018 People have been whispering among themselves about Spanish-speaking immigrants, Muslims mosques and black people moving into their neighborhoods since time immemorial. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Donald Trump is Not Making White People More Racist, He's Making Them Act More Racist," 5 July 2018 For time immemorial, successful crews have earned respect from their community. The Economist, "Whaling in Alaska," 14 June 2018 But the discomfort of staying with her experience would have been worth trading away Dietland’s flip comedy about beauty products and fad diets, material that’s been covered by self-loathing chick lit for time immemorial. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "ACCESS IS EVERYTHING," 5 June 2018 Since time immemorial, farmlands have been as alive with bird songs as the sound of the wind. Tim Graham, National Geographic, "Around the World, Farmland Birds Are in Steep Decline," 1 June 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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