therefore

[ thair-fawr, -fohr ]
/ ˈðɛərˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr /

adverb

in consequence of that; as a result; consequently: I think; therefore I am.

Nearby words

  1. thereafter,
  2. thereat,
  3. thereby,
  4. thereby hangs a tale,
  5. therefor,
  6. therefrom,
  7. therein,
  8. thereinafter,
  9. thereinto,
  10. theremin

Origin of therefore

1125–75; Middle English ther(e)fore, variant of therfor therefor

Can be confusedtherefor therefore

Synonym study

Therefore, wherefore, accordingly, consequently, so, then all introduce a statement resulting from, or caused by, what immediately precedes. Therefore (for this or that reason) and wherefore (for which reason) imply exactness of reasoning; they are especially used in logic, law, mathematics, etc., and in a formal style of speaking or writing. Accordingly (in conformity with the preceding) and consequently (as a result, or sequence, or effect of the preceding), although also somewhat formal, occur mainly in less technical contexts. So (because the preceding is true or this being the case) and then (since the preceding is true) are informal or conversational in tone.

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British Dictionary definitions for therefore

therefore

/ (ˈðɛəˌfɔː) /

sentence connector

thus; hence: used to mark an inference on the speaker's partthose people have their umbrellas up: therefore, it must be raining
consequently; as a resultthey heard the warning on the radio and therefore took another route
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