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heretofore

[ heer-tuh-fawr, -fohr ]
/ ˌhɪər təˈfɔr, -ˈfoʊr /
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adverb
before this time; until now.
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Origin of heretofore

1300–50; Middle English heretoforn, equivalent to herehere + toforn,Old English tōforan (to + foran before; see fore1)
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How to use heretofore in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for heretofore

heretofore
/ (ˌhɪətʊˈfɔː) /

adverb
formal until now; before this time
adjective
obsolete previous; former
noun
the heretofore archaic the past
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