What are the antonyms of recently?

I have checked with a thesaurus and I got just two:

  • before
  • later

Neither of those seems to fit into my call to action sentence - visit 10 URLs that were not accessed for the longest period of time.

Visit 10 ... URLs

If I use `before`, sentence does not make sense
If I use `later`, sentence does not seem to make sense either
If I use least visited it does not seem to refer to time but number of visits 
If I use bottom URLs it all depends on the sort order and does not refer to time

In contrast, If I would be referring to the recent I can just say:

Visit 10 most recently accessed URLs.

What are the antonyms of recently that would fit into the context?

  • 6
    Not an antonym, but you could use least recently accessed.
    – Davo
    Nov 8, 2017 at 14:30
  • "to visit 10 URLs that were not visited for the longest period of time" makes no sense. A lot of URLS will never have been visited by a specific person (which means there is no "long period of time", since there was no visit in the past). You seem to focus on URLs that have been visited, but not recently. So I would describe it as such: "visited URLs that you have not recently visited".
    – Flater
    Nov 8, 2017 at 15:03
  • imagine an unsorted list of 100 URLs where each of the URLs have a timestamp. Now I need a short call to action phrase so, whoever is looking at the list should find and visit 10 URLs that have the oldest timestamp.
    – m1k3y02
    Nov 8, 2017 at 15:30
  • 2
    Merriam-Webster says anciently. But, least recently is fairly idiomatic.
    – jxh
    Nov 10, 2017 at 1:53
  • @jxh It may be idiomatic, but it is also unnecessarily verbose and a bit clunky.
    – user305707
    Jul 10, 2018 at 16:24

2 Answers 2


In your case (web site visits), some people use "stalest"

visit 10 stalest URLs
  • I would probably go with most stale myself...
    – jxh
    Jul 10, 2018 at 17:42
  • I suppose if it helps make it clearer (or more clear) to a non-native speaker that might be warranted, but stale, staler, stalest are proper. merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stale Jul 10, 2018 at 17:49
  • I agree it is proper, but "most stale" reads better in my mind, if it is to be used side by side with "most recently".
    – jxh
    Jul 10, 2018 at 21:46

Perhaps anciently is what you’re looking for.

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