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 for By then
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Then \Then\ ([th][e^]n), adv. [Originally the same word as than.
     See Than.]
     1. At that time (referring to a time specified, either past
        or future).
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              And the Canaanite was then in the land. --Gen. xii.
                                                    6.
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              Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as
              also I am known.                      --1 Cor. xiii.
                                                    12.
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     2. Soon afterward, or immediately; next; afterward.
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              First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come
              and offer thy gift.                   --Matt. v. 24.
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     3. At another time; later; again.
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              One while the master is not aware of what is done,
              and then in other cases it may fall out to be own
              act.                                  --L'Estrange.
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     By then.
        (a) By that time.
        (b) By the time that. [Obs.]
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                  But that opinion, I trust, by then this
                  following argument hath been well read, will be
                  left for one of the mysteries of an indulgent
                  Antichrist.                       --Milton.
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     Now and then. See under Now, adv.
  
     Till then, until that time; until the time mentioned.
        --Milton.
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     Note: Then is often used elliptically, like an adjective, for
           then existing; as, the then administration.
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