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From Middle English therfore, therfor, tharfore, thorfore; synchronically a univerbation of there (pronominal 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) 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.
  2. (conjunctive, archaic) for that; for it (in reference to a previous statement)


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See also[edit]

Here-, there-, and where- words


  1. ^ Jespersen, Otto (1909) A Modern English Grammar on Historical Principles (Sammlung germanischer Elementar- und Handbücher; 9)‎[1], volume I: Sounds and Spellings, London: George Allen & Unwin, published 1961, § 4.36, page 124.