Definition of pastness in US English:



  • See past

    • ‘Past actions and characters are determinate because of their very pastness.’
    • ‘Yet pastness and futurity, he argued, are inherently contradictory; so nothing in reality can correspond to them.’
    • ‘There is a patina of pastness and folkloric authenticity that pervades the marketplace.’
    • ‘She also says that the accompanying photographs provide ‘an exquisite index of the pastness of the past.’’
    • ‘It calls up the seeming paradox of writing a history, an account of pastness, of things that are of the relative present.’