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[th air-af-ter, -ahf-]
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  1. after that in time or sequence; afterward: Thereafter they did not speak.
  2. Obsolete. accordingly.
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Origin of thereafter

before 900; Middle English ther after, Old English thǣr æfter. See there, after


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1. later, subsequently, thenceforth.
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  • When he "played" with Baby Akemit thereafter, the pretence was not all with the child.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Thereafter we must hide during the days, and steal down the river at night.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • Ten minutes thereafter, the two were knocking at the parson's door.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • The king was gracious, and thereafter she held his feet at all the banquets.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • And every day thereafter found him out and ranging a wider area.

    White Fang

    Jack London

British Dictionary definitions for thereafter


  1. from that time on or after that timethereafter, he ceased to pay attention
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Word Origin and History for thereafter


Old English þær æfter; see there + after. Cf. Dutch daarachter, Swedish derefter.

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