Heretofore meaning

hîr'tə-fôr'
Up to the present time; before this; previously.
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Up until now; until the present; before this.
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(formal) Prior to now, until now, up to the present time; from the origin to this point.

We now make available these works which were heretofore unpublished.

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Origin of heretofore

  • Middle English here here here tofore previously (from Old English tōforan) ( to to) (foran before) (from fore fore)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English heretoforn, equivalent to here (“here”) + toforn (“before”), from Old English toforan (“before”). More at here, tofore.
    From Wiktionary