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 Indigenous peoples have been fishing in the Bristol Bay region since time immemorial. Miranda Weiss, The Atlantic, 6 Oct. 2021 No one generation is going to miraculously overcome the misogyny that has plagued the world from time immemorial. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Yes, 20-somethings have been playing teens on camera since time immemorial, but the way the crew styled the actor somehow aged him, making Platt look like a journalist trying to infiltrate high school, Never Been Kissed–style. David Sims, The Atlantic, 21 Sep. 2021 The Bullseye already got The Talk, familiar to all my putters since time immemorial. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 10 Sep. 2021 In our never-ending quest for meaning, efforts to understand the Cosmos and our connection to it have been going on since time immemorial. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 This is the old trick of demagogues and liars from time immemorial. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 27 Aug. 2021 Ancient, armored and hardy, white sturgeon have likely prowled Pacific coastal rivers and deltas for time immemorial, growing to enormous lengths and living for decades. oregonlive, 25 Aug. 2021 Since time immemorial, women who can’t or don’t have children have been singled out by society. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 18 June 2021

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First Known Use of time immemorial

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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9 Oct 2021

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“Time immemorial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time%20immemorial. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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