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From Middle English therfore, therfor, tharfore, thorfore; synchronically a univerbation of there (pronomial adverb) +‎ for, literally for that (reason). The spelling has been changed due to a reanalysis as there + fore (literally forward from that; thence). See also therefor, ultimately the same formation.

Compare Saterland Frisian deerfoar, Dutch daarvoor, German dafür, Danish and Norwegian derfor, Swedish därför.



therefore (not comparable)

  1. (conjunctive) For that or this purpose, referring to something previously stated.
  2. (conjunctive) Consequently, by or in consequence of that or this cause; referring to something previously stated.
    Traditional values will always have a place, therefore they will never lose relevance.


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Here-, there-, and where- words