[heer-tuh-fawr, -fohr]
before this time; until now.

1300–50; Middle English heretoforn, equivalent to here here + toforn, Old English tōforan ( to + foran before; see fore1) Unabridged
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heretofore (ˌhɪətʊˈfɔː)
1.  formal until now; before this time
2.  obsolete previous; former
3.  archaic the heretofore the past

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Example sentences
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.
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