Definitions

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  • noun The quality of being past.

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  • noun uncountable The state or quality of being past.
  • noun countable The result or product of being past.

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  • noun the quality of being past

Etymologies

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From past +‎ -ness

Examples

  • In other words, all music — regardless of age — is ideally immediate and timeless, and as the technology of reproducing music — regardless of age — improves, the "pastness" of music falls away.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • In other words, all music — regardless of age — is ideally immediate and timeless, and as the technology of reproducing music — regardless of age — improves, the "pastness" of music falls away.

    We should be on by now

  • Condillac's reasoning is less than explicit at this point, but he seems to have taken this experience to provide us with an awareness of what we might call the "pastness" of the echo, and at the same time of the continued existence of an identical self which experienced both the past perception and the current ones.

    Étienne Bonnot de Condillac

  • There may be a specific feeling which could be called the feeling of "pastness," especially where immediate memory is concerned.

    The Analysis of Mind

  • In other words, all music-regardless of age-is ideally immediate and timeless, and as the technology of reproducing music-regardless of age-improves, the "pastness" of music falls away.

    Soho the Dog

  • It may break out of space or out of time, a pastness or futurity suddenly erupting within or descending upon the present.

    A Different Stripe:

  • It may break out of space or out of time, a pastness or futurity suddenly erupting within or descending upon the present.

    A Different Stripe:

  • I suppose the point I take issue with is that the pastness never exactly falls away.

    We should be on by now

  • It may break out of space or out of time, a pastness or futurity suddenly erupting within or descending upon the present.

    Weird birthday wishes to H.P. Lovecraft and a musical interlude

  • It may break out of space or out of time, a pastness or futurity suddenly erupting within or descending upon the present.

    Weird birthday wishes to H.P. Lovecraft and a musical interlude

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