[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pastness

  • 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
  • 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