immemorial


adjective

  1. extending back beyond memory, record, or knowledge: from time immemorial.

adjective

  1. originating in the distant past; ancient (postpositive in the phrase time immemorial)
adj.

c.1600, from French immémorial (16c.) “old beyond memory,” from Medieval Latin immemorialis, from assimilated form of in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + memorialis (see memorial). Something immemorial is ancient beyond memory; something immemorable is not memorable.

see time immemorial.

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