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MEMORY. Understanding; a capacity to make contracts, a will, or to commit a crime, so far as intention is necessary.
     2. Memory is sometimes employed to express the capacity of the understanding, and sometimes its power; when we speak of a retentive memory, we use it in the former sense; when of a ready memory, in the latter. Shelf. on Lun. Intr. 29, 30.
     3. Memory, in another sense, is the reputation, good or bad, which a man leaves at his death. This memory, when good, is highly prized by the relations of the deceased, and it is therefore libelous to throw a shade over the memory of the dead, when the writing has a tendency to create a breach of the peace, by inciting the friends and relations of the deceased to avenge the insult offered to the family. 4 T. R. 126; 5 Co. R. 125; Hawk. b. 1, c. 73, s. 1.

MEMORY, TIME OF. According to the English common law, which has been altered by 2 & 3 Wm. IV., c. 71, the time of memory commenced from the reign of Richard the First, A. D. 1189. 2 Bl. Com. 31.
     2. But proof of a regular usage for twenty years, not explained or contradicted, is evidence upon which many public and private rights are held, and sufficient for a jury in finding the existence of an immemorial custom or prescription. 2 Saund. 175, a, d; Peake's Ev. 336; 2 Price's R. 450; 4 Price's R. 198.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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It simply gave that memory more importance and made sure competing memories wouldn't interfere.
When our minds try to make sense" of our memories they sometimes fill in or alter details.
False memories have been well-documented in science and society - in court cases, witness testimonies are often proved wrong through DNA evidence, despite the person being sure of what they saw.
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I intend here to speculate about the pendulum-like movement that may articulate the relationship between translation memories and machine translation which goes beyond a simple swap of capital initials--from MT to TM--although it may very well have to do with the swapping of full, translated sentences.
When our ancestral memories are blocked, we forget who we are.
LET'S FACE IT, without the assistance of those little mechanical doodads our memories might he a little less memorable.
[check] Short- and long-term memories are virtually gone.
In his notes he expresses the wish that his memories will be replaced by ours, but of course we don't really need to replace them: They are already ours.
Even for officers who were the only officer present , their later perusal of investigation reports, including physical evidence and eyewitness statements, can educate them as to the lack of completeness and total accuracy of their memories of the event.