[im-uh-mawr-ee-uhl, -mohr-]
extending back beyond memory, record, or knowledge: from time immemorial.

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin immemoriālis. See im-2, memorial

immemorially, adverb

timeless, ancient, ageless, olden. Unabridged
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immemorial (ˌɪmɪˈmɔːrɪəl)
originating in the distant past; ancient (postpositive in the phrase time immemorial)
[C17: from Medieval Latin immemoriālis, from Latin im- (not) + memoriamemory]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from Fr. immémorial (16c.) "old beyond memory," from M.L. immemorialis, from in- "not" + memorialis (see memorial). Something immemorial is ancient beyond memory; something immemorable (1550s) is not memorable.
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Idioms & Phrases


see time immemorial.

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Example sentences
For time immemorial, humanity has strived to have an intimate relationship with
  this alternate experiential reality.
Hence it is that, from time immemorial, she has sought some form of family
In the rest of the world the stream of life still flowed as it had flowed for
  immemorial years.
Since time immemorial, would-be aviators have tried to fly by mimicking birds
  and bees.
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