heretofore heretofore  /ˌhɪr tə ˈfɔr/


  • (adv) used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time


  1. It also gives us a handle for understanding spiritual experiences that have heretofore seemed purely subjective and beyond the reach of scientific investigation.
  2. And the heretofore impossible in Massachusetts seems plausible: an office a Kennedy wants could be kept from him.
  3. By the end of the year, Fatah had joined and become the dominant faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization, a heretofore impotent creation of the Arab states.


  1. It Wasn’t an Accident — It was part of the plan to make Israel nervous

      By Shoshana Bryen Recently, it was revealed that that the current U.S. (“I’ve got Israel’s back”) administration leaked to the media the specifications for the heretofore secret US-Israel installation... Read more »
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Jewish Ledger

  2. 3-star's career stalled over sexual assault case

    For most of her career, Lt. Gen. Susan Helms has defied gravity, rising from astronaut to one of only three female lieutenant generals in the Air Force. But her decision to overturn a sex assault conviction may bring an end to her heretofore meteoric trajectory.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Air Force Times


  1. BP CEO Tony Hayward said that although the oil flow continues unchecked, his company's overall response has been "far more effective than any spill response heretofore in terms of containment offshore and preventing oil from getting on the shore,...
    on May 12, 2010 By: Tony Hayward Source: The Week Magazine

  2. "When you start one of these programs, school lunch programs, in a country that heretofore had nothing of that kind, immediately school enrollment jumps dramatically," McGovern said. "Girls and boys get to the classroom with the promise of a...
    on Sep 20, 2007 By: George McGovern Source: Yankton Daily Press (registration)

  3. "Israel has assumed a heretofore unprecedented priority on the target list of al-Qaeda and its allies," said Michael Scheuer, former head of the US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) bin Laden unit.
    on Feb 26, 2008 By: Michael Scheuer Source: Independent Online

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