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Meaning of IMMEMORIAL

Pronunciation:  `imu'mowreeul

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

{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.

 
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