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ˈðɛərˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊrther·e·fore

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. therefore, hence, thence, thus, soadverb

    (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result

    "therefore X must be true"; "the eggs were fresh and hence satisfactory"; "we were young and thence optimistic"; "it is late and thus we must go"; "the witness is biased and so cannot be trusted"

  2. consequently, thereforeadverb

    as a consequence

    "he had good reason to be grateful for the opportunities which they had made available to him and which consequently led to the good position he now held"


  1. thereforeadverb

    For that or this purpose, referring to something previously stated.

  2. thereforeadverb

    Consequently, by or in consequence of that or this cause; referring to something previously stated.

  3. Etymology: From pronominal adverb therfore; see there, fore, and for.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thereforeadverb

    Etymology: there and fore.

    This is the latest parley we will admit;
    Therefore to our best mercy give yourselves. William Shakespeare.

    Falstaff is dead,
    And we must yern therefore. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Therefore shall a man leave father and mother and cleave to his wife. Gen. ii. 24.

    The herd that seeks after sensual pleasure is soft and unmanly; and therefore I compose myself to meet a storm. Lucas.

    He blushes; therefore he is guilty. Spectator.

    The wrestlers sprinkled dust on their bodies to give better hold: the glory therefore was greater to conquer without powder. Gilbert West, Pindar.

    We have forsaken all and followed thee, what shall we have therefore? Mat. xix. 27.


  1. Therefore

    Logical consequence (also entailment) is a fundamental concept in logic which describes the relationship between statements that hold true when one statement logically follows from one or more statements. A valid logical argument is one in which the conclusion is entailed by the premises, because the conclusion is the consequence of the premises. The philosophical analysis of logical consequence involves the questions: In what sense does a conclusion follow from its premises? and What does it mean for a conclusion to be a consequence of premises? All of philosophical logic is meant to provide accounts of the nature of logical consequence and the nature of logical truth.Logical consequence is necessary and formal, by way of examples that explain with formal proof and models of interpretation. A sentence is said to be a logical consequence of a set of sentences, for a given language, if and only if, using only logic (i.e., without regard to any personal interpretations of the sentences) the sentence must be true if every sentence in the set is true.Logicians make precise accounts of logical consequence regarding a given language L {\displaystyle {\mathcal {L}}} , either by constructing a deductive system for L {\displaystyle {\mathcal {L}}} or by formal intended semantics for language L {\displaystyle {\mathcal {L}}} . The Polish logician Alfred Tarski identified three features of an adequate characterization of entailment: (1) The logical consequence relation relies on the logical form of the sentences: (2) The relation is a priori, i.e., it can be determined with or without regard to empirical evidence (sense experience); and (3) The logical consequence relation has a modal component.


  1. therefore

    Therefore is a conjunction used to indicate a logical consequence or conclusion based on the premises or evidence presented. It is used to connect a statement or argument with the resulting outcome or inference that can be drawn from it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thereforeadverb

    for that or this reason, referring to something previously stated; for that

  2. Thereforeadverb

    consequently; by consequence

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'therefore' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #391

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'therefore' in Written Corpus Frequency: #571

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'therefore' in Adverbs Frequency: #57

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of therefore in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of therefore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of therefore in a Sentence

  1. Georg W. Hegel:

    America is therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that lie before us, the burden of the World's History shall reveal itself.

  2. Lokman Tsui:

    It fits the propaganda narrative of Beijing that the West is out to bully China, that the West wants China contained, and that therefore it is necessary for the party to be in charge so China can be strong and can stand up to the bullies.

  3. The ADGM:

    ADGM has decided to legislate for English common law to apply in, and form part of the law of, the Global Market, english common law, as it stands from time to time, will therefore govern matters such as contracts, tort, trusts, equitable remedies, unjust enrichment, damages, conflicts of laws, security, and personal property.

  4. Hugh Dugan:

    This is the ‘ twitter ’ version of U.N. reform. It is very concise, therefore apparently less than robust.

  5. Howard Markel:

    We all live in a community of people, and therefore we have an obligation to each other, to our families, and to ourselves to do the best we can.

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