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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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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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