from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Until that time; before that.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. until that time
  • adv. before that

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Up to that time; before then; -- correlative with heretofore.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Before that time: the counterpart of heretofore.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. up to that time


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  • But Bently, with a light upon his countenance such as theretofore had ne'er been seen on sea or land, suddenly held up his hand.

    By Advice of Counsel

  • “My father served in World War II,” he told the veterans theretofore unaware that Kenyan third graders fought in the big one.

    Deconstructing Obama

  • Both candidates insisted their administrations would be models of public integrity, surpassing the rectitude of any government theretofore known to man.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • But Mara couldn't finish the job in the general, after Schwartz mounted a write-in campaign and theretofore Democrat Michael A. Brown renounced his party membership to win a seat reserved for a non-Democrat.

    Patrick Mara to run for D.C. Council at-large seat

  • Cockerington Princess, champion of her own sex, also came to gladden our eyes, while the converting into stables of theretofore unused stone winery buildings went apace ....

    Jack London's Old Sherry Building Converted to Horse Barn

  • He accomplished this in a time when being black was reason enough to be victimized; being black and successful in what theretofore was a white sport was simply unacceptable, and the 'incumbent' thugs weren't shy about letting you know it.


  • The Emancipation Proclamation was a landmark moment in American history - it recognized the rights of a people theretofore viewed as property.

    balanceation proclamation

  • That would have enabled them to maintain the close relationship they had theretofore enjoyed without limiting her ability to enjoy other male companionship of the non-father daughter variety.

    Christopher Brauchli: The Mistress and the Daughter

  • The profit from increased efficiencies in business would be kept by business instead of being shared with labor as per the conventional economic wisdom theretofore.

    Stephen Herrington: The Deficit Commission: Not Just a Tax Matter

  • The Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution, effective in the 1914 election, provides for the popular election of Senators who had theretofore been selected by the state legislatures.

    Tom Baer: Senator Roland W. Burris of Illinois?


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