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This まで corresponds to the following definition of まで of デジタル大辞泉: 3 動作・事柄がもうそれ以上には及ばず、それに限られる意を表す。…だけ。「気に入らなければ断る―さ」「念のために聞いてみた―だ」 So まで can mean only or just. ご参考までに is "just for your reference", implying that information is not critically important. Other examples: まずはご挨拶まで。 (Used at the end of a formal business letter, and means something ...


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まで actually has quite a number of different (but fundamentally related) meanings. Here, IMO, it's related to the "no more than" meaning (a bit like にすぎない) and serves to make this expression more humble: "May this at most serve as a reference for you" aka I feel (or at least make it seem as such to be polite) that it may not be worthy of being used as ...



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