heretofore

adverb here·to·fore \ ˈhir-tə-ˌfȯr , ˌhir-tə-ˈfȯr \

Definition of heretofore

:up to this time :hitherto
  • heretofore unimaginable possibilities
  • I tell you now what we have heretofore kept secret from you
  • —A. C. Whitehead

Examples of heretofore in a Sentence

  1. Heretofore her writing has never displayed such depth of feeling.

  2. This technology has created heretofore unimaginable possibilities.

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First Known Use of heretofore

13th century


HERETOFORE Defined for English Language Learners

heretofore

adverb

Definition of heretofore for English Language Learners

  • : until this time : before now


HERETOFORE Defined for Kids

heretofore

adverb here·to·fore \ ˈhir-tə-ˌfȯr \

Definition of heretofore for Students

:up to this time
  • Our school has heretofore never closed.


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