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[past-nis] /ˈpæst nɪs/
the state or fact of being past.
Origin of pastness
First recorded in 1820-30; past + -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They give to the memory image a feeling of pastness and trueness which the image of imagination lacks.

    How to Teach George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
  • There may be a specific feeling which could be called the feeling of "pastness," especially where immediate memory is concerned.

    The Analysis of Mind Bertrand Russell
  • In the latter case, but not in the former, the pastness is part of the content believed.

    The Analysis of Mind Bertrand Russell

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