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[hith -er-too] /ˈhɪð ərˌtu/
up to this time; until now:
a fact hitherto unknown.
to here.
Origin of hitherto
1175-1225; Middle English hiderto. See hither, to Unabridged
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  • It was a worrying sign that the hitherto stalwart consumer was hesitating to spend.
  • It is clear that the chemotactic behaviour of Paramecium is less simple than was hitherto thought.
  • But violence like this was hitherto unknown.
  • Each novel by Doctorow is an entirely different experience, a journey of the imagination into hitherto uncharted territory.
  • The current of events will continue to dictate the policy of the government, as it has done hitherto.
  • She wages a lonely battle against doctors and, even more painfully, the absentee mother she has hitherto seen ``all of nine times.
  • The crisis has caused a rift in the hitherto friendly relations between the two countries.
  • On this trip our only substantial food supply from the country hitherto had been that furnished by the palmtops.
  • The morning was rainy; a contrast to the fine weather we had hitherto encountered.
  • The arts, hitherto a privilege reserved for the aristocracy, were now available to the less privileged.
British Dictionary definitions for hitherto


until this time: hitherto, there have been no problems
(archaic) to this place or point
until this time: a hitherto unoccupied house
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Word Origin and History for hitherto

c.1200, from hither + to.

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