therefore

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

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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.
    • 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.

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See also[edit]

Here-, there- and where- words
here hereabout hereabouts hereafter hereat herebefore hereby herefore herefrom herein hereinafter hereinbefore hereinto hereof hereon hereto heretofore hereunder hereunto hereupon herewith herewithal
there thereabout thereabouts thereafter thereagain thereagainst thereamong therearound thereas thereat therebefore therebeside thereby therefore therefrom therein thereinafter thereinbefore thereinto thereof thereon thereto theretofore thereunder thereunto thereupon therewith therewithal
where whereabout whereabouts whereafter whereagainst whereamong whereas whereat whereby wherefore wherefrom wherein whereinafter whereinbefore whereinto whereof whereon whereto wheretofore whereunder whereunto whereupon wherewith wherewithal