- before this time; until now.
Origin of heretofore
Examples from the Web for heretofore
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 intersection is essentially between the Brotherhood, the military, the revolutionaries, and the heretofore silent majority.Morsi-less: Are Egyptians Done with the Muslim Brothers?
July 1, 2013
As such, the heretofore obscure executive now occupies a place of privilege in the financial elite.9 Fun Facts About the NYSE’s New Boss
December 20, 2012
There will be outrage that Obama caved on his one heretofore firm condition on taxes.Win-Win Strategy: Michael Tomasky’s Foolproof Plan for Obama
June 12, 2012
Yet the Tea Party movement has generated enthusiasm in the electorate that has heretofore not been evident.Will the Tea Party Win in November?
Doug Schoen, Will Bunch
September 22, 2010
One of mine, as I have heretofore said, is to give an ugly likeness.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
It had armed her for all combats, as heretofore it had armed the martyrs.The Dream
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
- formal until now; before this time
- obsolete previous; former
- the heretofore archaic the past
Word Origin and History for heretofore
c.1200, from here + obsolete Old English toforan.