time immemorial

noun

Definition of time immemorial

  1. 1 :  a time antedating a period legally fixed as the basis for a custom or right

  2. 2 :  time so long past as to be indefinite in history or tradition —called also time out of mind

1602

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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