Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

pastness

[past-nis]
See more synonyms for pastness on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. the state or fact of being past.
Show More

Origin of pastness

First recorded in 1820–30; past + -ness
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pastness

Historical Examples

  • 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