heretofore

[heer-tuh-fawr, -fohr]

adverb

before this time; until now.

Nearby words

  1. heresthetic,
  2. heresy,
  3. heretic,
  4. heretical,
  5. hereto,
  6. hereunder,
  7. hereunto,
  8. hereupon,
  9. hereward,
  10. herewith

Origin of heretofore

1300–50; Middle English heretoforn, equivalent to here here + toforn, Old English tōforan ( to + foran before; see fore1)

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British Dictionary definitions for heretofore

heretofore

adverb

formal until now; before this time

adjective

obsolete previous; former

noun

the heretofore archaic the past
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Word Origin and History for heretofore

heretofore

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

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