Etymology
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heretofore (adv.)

c. 1200, from here + obsolete Old English toforan "formerly, before now," from to (prep.) + foran (adv.) "in front," dative of for. Also in Middle English heretoforn.

updated on July 05, 2015

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Definitions of heretofore from WordNet

heretofore (adv.)
used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time;
Synonyms: so far / thus far / up to now / hitherto / as yet / yet / til now / until now
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