ergo

[ ur-goh, er-goh ]
/ ˈɜr goʊ, ˈɛr goʊ /

conjunction, adverb

Origin of ergo

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1350–1400

Definition for ergo (2 of 5)

ergo-

1

a combining form meaning “work”: ergograph.

Also especially before a vowel, erg-.

Origin of ergo-

1
combining form representing Greek érgon

Definition for ergo (3 of 5)

ergo-

2

a combining form of ergot: ergotoxine.

Origin of ergo-

2
From French

Definition for ergo (4 of 5)

post hoc, ergo propter hoc

[ pohst hohk, er-goh prohp-ter hohk; English pohst hok, ur-goh prop-ter hok er-goh ]
/ ˈpoʊst ˈhoʊk, ˈɛr goʊ ˈproʊp tɛr ˌhoʊk; English ˈpoʊst ˈhɒk, ˈɜr goʊ ˈprɒp tər ˌhɒk ˈɛr goʊ /

Latin.

after this, therefore because of it: a formula designating an error in logic that accepts as a cause something that merely occurred earlier in time.

Definition for ergo (5 of 5)

cogito, ergo sum

[ koh-gi-toh er-goh soo m; English koj-i-toh ur-goh suhm, er-goh ]
/ ˈkoʊ gɪˌtoʊ ˈɛr goʊ ˈsʊm; English ˈkɒdʒ ɪˌtoʊ ˈɜr goʊ ˈsʌm, ˈɛr goʊ /

Latin.

I think, therefore I am (stated by Descartes as the first principle in resolving universal doubt).

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British Dictionary definitions for ergo (1 of 3)

ergo

1
/ (ˈɜːɡəʊ) /

sentence connector

therefore; hence

Word Origin for ergo

C14: from Latin: therefore

British Dictionary definitions for ergo (2 of 3)

ergo

2
/ (ˈɜːɡəʊ) /

noun

informal short for ergometer (def. 2)

British Dictionary definitions for ergo (3 of 3)

cogito, ergo sum

/ Latin (ˈkɒɡɪˌtəʊ ˈɜːɡəʊ ˈsʊm) /

I think, therefore I am; the basis of Descartes' philosophy

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Medicine definitions for ergo

ergo-

pref.

Work:ergometer.

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Culture definitions for ergo

ergo

[ (er-goh, ur-goh) ]

Latin word meaning “therefore”; usually used to show a logical conclusion: “Birds are warm-blooded animals, and reptiles are cold-blooded animals; ergo, no bird is a reptile.”


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