1. adverb Hereafter means from this time onwards. [formal, written] ⇒ I realised how hard life was going to be for me hereafter. 2. adverb In legal documents and in written English, hereafter is used to introduce information about an abbreviation that will be used in the rest of the text to refer to the person or thing just mentioned. ⇒ Michel Foucault (1972), The Archaeology of Knowledge; hereafter this text will be abbreviated as AK. 3. singular noun The hereafter is sometimes used to refer to the time after you have died, or to the life which some people believe you have after you have died. ⇒ ...belief in the hereafter. Hereafter is also an adjective. ⇒ ...the life hereafter. ⇒ Its message is that what a man does in this life has a bearing on what happens to him hereafter.
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