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ancient

having existed since before the time of legal memory (formerly fixed at 1189). See further ANCIENT DOCUMENTS, ACQUISITIVE PRESCRIPTION.
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ANCIENT. Something old, which by age alone has acquired some force; as ancient lights, ancient writings.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.