hitherto hitherto  /ˈhɪ ˌðɜr ˈtu/


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


  1. Their consent will be a boon to the entire radio industry, hitherto befuddled by patent confusion.
  2. All the great themes that hitherto we thought had been dealt with definitively are being re-explored.
  3. Horsemeat, hitherto eaten as a stunt or only as a last resort, was becoming an important item on Portland tables.


  1. Timeline: Recent events in Iran

    LONDON (Reuters) - Here is a look at recent events in Iran as the nation prepares to vote on Friday for a successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who by law could not run for a third term. June 2005 - In a stunning upset, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the hitherto little-known mayor of Tehran, defeats former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in a run-off vote for the presidency. February-March 2008 ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Can You Tell The Difference Between Russia And The United States' Internet Surveillance Programs?

    The entire internet is abuzz over Glenn Greenwald's coverage of PRISM, and the hitherto unknown scale of the NSA's electronic surveillance of Americans.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Forbes

  3. Today in history: June 9, 2013

    In 1913: The grasshopper plague in the north was attacking orchards and alfalfa fields in five counties. It was much more serious than hitherto reported. The pests were creating much more damage in fruit trees in Fresno, Tehama, Glenn, Placer and Sacramento counties.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: The Record Searchlight


  1. The amendment is proposed to give "independent rights to authors of literary and musical works in cinematograph films, which were hitherto denied and wrongfully exploited by producers and music companies," Information and Broadcasting Minister...
    on Dec 24, 2009 By: Ambika Soni Source: Press Trust of India

  2. As Marx and Engels wrote at the start of the 1848 Communist Manifesto: "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle."
    on Apr 18, 2006 By: Karl Marx Source: guardian.co.uk

  3. "Earlier today I accepted the resignation of Santo Santoro as Minister for Ageing," Mr Howard said. "After a detailed review of his financial records, required by me, he provided advice indicating a number of investments not hitherto...
    on Mar 15, 2007 By: John Howard Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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