Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search
See also: therefor and therfore



From Middle English therfore, therfor, tharfore, thorfore, equivalent to there ‎(pronomial adverb) +‎ for. Compare Saterland Frisian deerfoar, Dutch daarvoor, German dafür, Danish and Norwegian derfor, Swedish därför, därföre.



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.
    • 1637, René Descartes, Discourse on the Method:
      Je pense, donc je suis (I think, therefore I am)
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity:
      In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts,  [] , and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned.
    • 2012 March-April, Terrence J. Sejnowski, “Well-connected Brains”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 171:
      Creating a complete map of the human connectome would therefore be a monumental milestone but not the end of the journey to understanding how our brains work.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Spectator
      He blushes; therefore he is guilty.


Derived terms[edit]


The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.

See also[edit]


Most common English words before 1923: rest · 2 · open · #326: therefore · feet · lay · along