Definition of preteriteness in US English:

preteriteness

noun

  • The state or condition of being preterite or past; pastness.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Sergeant (1623–1707), Roman Catholic controversialist and philosopher. From preterite + -ness.

Pronunciation

preteriteness

/ˈprɛt(ə)rɪtnəs/