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since time immemorial

since a very long time ago. (Literally, since time before recorded history.) My hometown has had a big parade on the Fourth of July since time immemorial. since time immemorial, the trees have blossomed each spring.
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from/since time immemorial

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for longer than anyone can remember Her family had farmed that land from time immemorial.
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time immemorial

Also, time out of mind. Long ago, beyond memory or recall, as in These ruins have stood here since time immemorial, or His office has been on Madison Avenue for time out of mind. The first expression comes from English law, where it signifies "beyond legal memory," specifically before the reign of Richard I (1189-1199), fixed as the legal limit for bringing certain kinds of lawsuit. By about 1600 it was broadened to its present sense of "a very long time ago." The variant, first recorded in 1432, uses mind in the sense of "memory" or "recall."
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The sovereignty of the "unrelated instant" remains, and its phonic emanations resound immemorially into empty visual shapes and disembodied images.
Now, as it happens, due to their peculiar vascular and skin structures, sharks in general are not bleeders--a fact of recently-established science but known immemorially to Aboriginal fishers along the Australian coast.
We are now descended in large numbers from people who never knew freedom, whose cultures have been immemorially autocratic.
She sees the Nazi state, that is, as the ferocious abolition of an immemorially improvised and fundamentally decent civic order unthinkable except in the framework of Christendom.
373) Traditional public forums are locations that "have immemorially been held in trust for the use of the public and, time out of mind, have been used for purposes of assembly, communicating thoughts between citizens, and discussing public questions.
been at work immemorially over most the land surface of the world.
The great spiritual traditions of Asia lived immemorially by vast sectors of humanity provide deep experience of the divine inspirations and the human aspirations in the Spirit.
Wherever the title of streets and parks may rest, they have immemorially been held in trust for the use of the public, and time out of mind, have been used for purposes of assembly, communicating thoughts between citizens, and discussing public questions.
1753) ("That ancient collection of unwritten maxims and customs, which is called the common law, however compounded or from whatever fountains derived, had subsisted immemorially in this kingdom.
To be sure, this process will not just have a corrosive impact on society; it will immobilize it, and leave it repeating itself helplessly from generation to generation, running around the treadmill of immemorially posited norms.
52, 64 (1941) ("One of the most important and delicate of all international relationships, recognized immemorially as a responsibility of government, has to do with the protection of the just rights of a country's own nationals when those nationals are in another country.