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theretofore

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adverb there·to·fore ther-tə-ˌfȯr; ˌther-tə-ˈ\

Definition of theretofore

  1. :  up to that time <a theretofore unknown author>



Examples of theretofore

  1. <theretofore the couple hadn't given much thought to marriage, but the unplanned pregnancy changed everything>



14th Century

First Known Use of theretofore

14th century


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