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hereafter

[heer-af-ter, -ahf-] /hɪərˈæf tər, -ˈɑf-/
adverb
1.
after this in time or order; at some future time; farther along.
2.
in the time to follow; from now on:
Hereafter I will not accept their calls.
3.
in the life or world to come.
noun
5.
a life or existence after death; the future beyond mortal existence.
6.
time to come; the future.
Origin of hereafter
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English hēræfter. See here, after
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  • The fable is fanciful and pleasing in itself; but will it not hereafter be believed as reality?

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • It means that my braids are up to stay, so hereafter I'm a real woman.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • He said I knew better, and that I should hear more of this, hereafter.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Take what there is; young as you are, you may want it more now than hereafter.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Ireland now does justice to him, the world will do so hereafter.

  • "And hereafter it will remind me of you," said Maltravers, in whispered accents.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Much will hereafter be written about subjects and refinements of painting.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
British Dictionary definitions for hereafter

hereafter

/ˌhɪərˈɑːftə/
adverb
1.
(formal) in a subsequent part of this document, matter, case, etc
2.
a less common word for henceforth
3.
at some time in the future
4.
in a future life after death
noun the hereafter
5.
life after death
6.
the future
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Word Origin and History for hereafter

Old English heræfter (adv.) "in the future; later on;" see here + after. Meaning "after death" is mid-14c. As a noun, "time in the future," from 1540s. Meaning "a future world, the world to come" is from 1702.

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