time immemorial

noun

Definition of time immemorial

  1. 1 :  time so long past as to be indefinite in history or tradition —called also time out of mind

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

First Known Use of time immemorial

1602


Law Dictionary

time immemorial

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

Legal Definition of time immemorial

  1. 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. 2 :  a time going back beyond the memory of any living person

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