theretofore

[ thair-tuh-fawr, -fohr ]
/ ˌðɛər təˈfɔr, -ˈfoʊr /

adverb

before or until that time.

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Origin of theretofore

First recorded in 1300–50, theretofore is from Middle English ther tofore. See there, heretofore
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theretofore
/ (ˌðɛətʊˈfɔː) /

adverb

formal before that time; previous to that
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