therefore

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From the Old English pronominal adverb therfore; see there, fore, and for. Compare Dutch daarvoor, Danish and Norwegian derfor, Swedish därför, därföre.

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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.
    • 1637, René Descartes, Discourse on the Method:
      Je pense, donc je suis (I think, therefore I am)
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 1, 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”, 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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