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From Old English hēræfter (in the aftertime; later on); equivalent to here +‎ after.

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hereafter (not comparable)

  1. (dated) In time to come; in some future time or state.
  2. From now on.
  3. Sequentially after this point (in time, in the writing constituting a document, in the movement along a path, etc.)

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hereafter (countable and uncountable, plural hereafters)

  1. (uncommon) A future existence or state.
    Synonyms: thereafter, aftertime, see also Thesaurus:the future
  2. (poetic, uncommon) Existence after death.
    Synonyms: thereafter, afterlife, eternal life, see also Thesaurus:life after death or Thesaurus:afterlife
    • 1712, Joseph Addison, Cato, a Tragedy, act 5, scene 1:
      'Tis the Divinity that stirs within us; / 'Tis Heaven itself that points out an hereafter, / and intimates eternity to man.

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hereafter (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Future.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for hereafter”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)

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Here-, there-, and where- words

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