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heretofore

[heer-tuh-fawr, -fohr] /ˌhɪər təˈfɔr, -ˈfoʊr/
adverb
1.
before this time; until now.
Origin of heretofore
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English heretoforn, equivalent to here here + toforn, Old English tōforan ( to + foran before; see fore1)
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  • One of mine, as I have heretofore said, is to give an ugly likeness.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • It had armed her for all combats, as heretofore it had armed the martyrs.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • An authority, heretofore latent, flashed from his whole personality.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • But, heretofore, his promises had been of a strictly business nature.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • He had heretofore been my friend; henceforth he was my slave, yet, let me add, none the less my friend.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
British Dictionary definitions for heretofore

heretofore

/ˌhɪətʊˈfɔː/
adverb
1.
(formal) until now; before this time
adjective
2.
(obsolete) previous; former
noun
3.
(archaic) the heretofore, the past
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Word Origin and History for heretofore

c.1200, from here + obsolete Old English toforan.

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