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fullness of time (uncountable)

  1. The time which is appropriate for something; time that is not too soon.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, Galatians 4:4:
      But when the fulnes of the time was come, God ſent foorth his Sonne made of a woman, made vnder the Law,
    • "It's my considered opinion that in the fullness of time history will record the greatness of [Michael] Collins and it will be recorded at my expense." — allegedly said by Éamon de Valera in 1966
    • 1978, Franz Clemens Brentano, ‎Rolf George, & ‎Roderick M. Chisholm, Aristotle and His World View, →ISBN, page 115:
      If the entry of nous into the fetus is the moment of the latter' s completion, then the appearance of the human race in history may properly be envisaged as the fullness of time.
    • 2006, Susan McFadden & ‎Robert Atchley, Aging and the Meaning of Time: A Multidisciplinary Exploration, →ISBN:
      The many references to kairotic time in the New Testament convey the notion of the fullness of time. Thus, many passages state that when the time was ripe, God acted. Alternatively, when time is complete, there is a fullness of time.
    • 2011, James Blish, The Triumph of Time: Cities in Flight, →ISBN:
      In the fullness of time, the love which existed between them had been spoken and acknowledged, and they were now a couple, with all the delights and the responsibilities which coupling provides and demands; but somehow, nobody had noticed.

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