theretofore

adverb there·to·fore \ ˈt͟her-tə-ˌfȯr ; ˌt͟her-tə-ˈfȯr \

Definition of theretofore

: up to that time
  • a theretofore unknown author

First Known Use of theretofore

14th century

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theretofore Synonyms

Synonyms

heretofore, hitherto, yet;

Related Words

before, formerly, previously;

Phrases

so far, thus far;



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