Immemorial Im`me*mo"ri*al, a. [Pref. im- not + memorial: cf. F. imm['e]morial.] Extending beyond the reach of memory, record, or tradition; indefinitely ancient; as, existing from time immemorial. ``Immemorial elms.'' --Tennyson. ``Immemorial usage or custom.'' --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

{Time immemorial} (Eng. Law.), a time antedating (legal) history, and beyond ``legal memory'' so called; formerly an indefinite time, but in 1276 this time was fixed by statute as the begining of the reign of Richard I. (1189). Proof of unbroken possession or use of any right since that date made it unnecessary to establish the original grant. In 1832 the plan of dating legal memory from a fixed time was abandoned and the principle substituted that rights which had been enjoyed for full twenty years (or as against the crown thirty years) should not be liable to impeachment merely by proving that they had not been enjoyed before. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • immémorial — immémorial, ale (i mmé mo ri al, a l ) adj. Qui est si ancien, qu il n en reste aucune mémoire. Des priviléges immémoriaux. •   être en possession immémoriale, PATRU Plaidoyer 3, dans RICHELET. •   La coutume immémoriale qui encourage les femmes… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • immemorial — (adj.) c.1600, from Fr. immémorial (16c.) old beyond memory, from M.L. immemorialis, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + memorialis (see MEMORIAL (Cf. memorial)). Something immemorial is ancient beyond memory;… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • immemorial — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ existing from before what can be remembered or found in records: from time immemorial. DERIVATIVES immemorially adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • Immemorial — (v. lat.), undenkbar; woran sich Niemand mehr erinnert; daher Immemorialverjährung, eine Verjährung über Menschengedenken …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • immemorial — [im΄ə môr′ē əl] adj. [ML immemorialis: see IN 2 & MEMORIAL] extending back beyond memory or record; ancient immemorially adv …   English World dictionary

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