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heretofore

[heer-tuh-fawr, -fohr] /ˌhɪər təˈfɔr, -ˈfoʊr/
adverb
1.
before this time; until now.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English heretoforn, equivalent to here here + toforn, Old English tōforan ( to + foran before; see fore1)
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  • What heretofore was merely private gossip, limited to small networks of individuals, is now published for all.
  • We go to extreme lengths to seek out places heretofore untrod, to seek and find our next novel species.
  • When will some people learn that the feds exploit problems to gain control of heretofore non-federal business.
  • Detailed authorship evidence is now pointing to a heretofore unlikely candidate.
  • There is this niggling little thing called evidence that has heretofore been absent.
  • Still, the results are intriguing and shed light on an important, heretofore neglected factor in revolutionary movements.
  • But compared with their heretofore hypothetical cousin the sterile neutrino, ordinary neutrinos are veritable firecrackers.
  • And as for the stromal cell being a heretofore unrecognized aspect of cancer is ridiculous.
  • The method used heretofore has been the commission, as those for designating military bases for closure.
  • Such chemical communication, common among other animals, was heretofore thought to be nonexistent in humans.
British Dictionary definitions for heretofore

heretofore

/ˌhɪətʊˈfɔː/
adverb
1.
(formal) until now; before this time
adjective
2.
(obsolete) previous; former
noun
3.
(archaic) the heretofore, the past
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Word Origin and History for heretofore

c.1200, from here + obsolete Old English toforan.

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