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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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 The moral of the story for presidential nominating contests since time immemorial is that political activists are as bad at predicting the future as anyone else. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Dems start to get serious about 2020," 1 June 2018 From time immemorial, people gazing up at the night sky have dreamed of reaching out to touch the stars. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Astronomers Spot Potential "Interstellar" Asteroid Orbiting Backward around the Sun," 21 May 2018

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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