before this time; until now.
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How to use heretofore in a sentence
The battlelines of this drama have largely been confined to planning board rooms, heretofore.Morning Report: The Cause of a Summertime Sewage Plume Heading North | Voice of San Diego | August 3, 2022 | Voice of San Diego
This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.
As if we haven’t endured enough in the past year, we’re currently living through what will heretofore be known as The Great Bicycle Shortage of 2021, which means complete bicycles, as well as parts, have been hard to come by.
And, ok, it has been abused in heretofore unimaginable ways by the eternally crusty Mitch McConnell, but, still, it must be kept if we're to be a bipartisan nation.They Killed the Jan. 6 Commission. Now We Need to Kill the Filibuster. | Cliff Schecter | May 28, 2021 | The Daily Beast
In the film’s climax, Nixon — who has heretofore taken manly pride in never crying — kneels with Henry Kissinger and prays.Anthony Hopkins is welcoming old age by embracing his inner child | Tim Greiving | February 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Increasingly, many women are choosing to remain single—heretofore something rare in these countries.
Gone, too, are the heretofore immutable protections of intellectual property rights.Van Dyke Parks on How Songwriters Are Getting Screwed in the Digital Age | Van Dyke Parks | June 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Phoenix is a revelation in the role, reaching heretofore unforeseen levels of emotional vulnerability.The Best Actor and Actress Oscars: Will Woodygate Sink Cate Blanchett? Has DiCaprio’s Time Come? | Kevin Fallon, Marlow Stern | February 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Despite increasing diplomatic and military cooperation, “a strategic energy alliance has remained heretofore unconsummated.”Natural Gas Is Not Singlehandedly Reshaping The Mediterranean | Allison Good | November 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The intersection is essentially between the Brotherhood, the military, the revolutionaries, and the heretofore silent majority.Morsi-less: Are Egyptians Done with the Muslim Brothers? | Hussein Ibish | July 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
At last he had found permanence in a life where heretofore had been naught but transience.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
I can perceive none, even though the steamships should still proceed to Liverpool as heretofore.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
In all cases you must carefully comply with the rules and explanations heretofore given.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
As shown heretofore, the pupil must know the facts, and the System will then help him to fix their date.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
This class of stop is also now finding its way into organs more generally than heretofore.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
British Dictionary definitions for heretofore
formal until now; before this time
obsolete previous; former
the heretofore archaic the past
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