heretofore

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English heretoforn, equivalent to here (here) + toforn (before), from Old English toforan (before). More at here, tofore.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌhɪətəˈfɔː/, /ˌhɪətʊˈfɔː/, /ˌhɪətəˈfɔə/, /ˌhɪətʊˈfɔə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈhɪɹtəfɔɹ/, /ˈhɪɹtəfoɹ/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: here‧to‧fore

Adverb[edit]

heretofore (not comparable)

  1. (formal, temporal) Before now, until now, up to the present time; from the beginning to this point.
    We now make available these works which were heretofore unpublished.
    Synonyms: hitherto; see also Thesaurus:hitherto
    Antonyms: hereafter, henceforth
  2. (metatextual) Previously within the present text; earlier herein.
    heretofore referred to as
    heretofore mentioned
    Synonym: hereinbefore
    Antonyms: hereafter, henceforth, hereinafter
    Coordinate term: hereinelsewhere

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See also[edit]

Here-, there-, and where- words