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[th air-tuh-fawr, -fohr] /ˌðɛər təˈfɔr, -ˈfoʊr/
before or until that time.
Origin of theretofore
First recorded in 1300-50, theretofore is from the Middle English word ther tofore. See there, heretofore Unabridged
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  • Life's naked brutalities had theretofore been largely out of his ken.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Immediately, as if nothing but her eye had prevented it theretofore, the search was instituted.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • For Cleopatra, theretofore, had held her own against the best.

    Too Old for Dolls

    Anthony Mario Ludovici
  • No, not quite that expression as it always had been theretofore, but a modified form of it.

    The Grain Of Dust David Graham Phillips
  • theretofore, the Christians had been silent from discipline, now they were silent from wonder.

    The Fair God Lew Wallace
  • The existing revenue of £111,461 a year was to be disposed of as theretofore.

  • theretofore he had been a conservative Whig, a devoted follower of Clay.

  • I take it—am I correct from that that she had not theretofore become acquainted with him?

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Did you attempt to compare it with the questioned items which you had, theretofore, identified?

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for theretofore


(formal) before that time; previous to that
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