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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.

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. Volodymyr Zelensky:

    We must all be aware that this week Russia could try to do something particularly ugly, something particularly vicious, one of the key tasks of the enemy is to humiliate us, Ukrainians, to devalue our capabilities, our heroes, to spread despair, fear, to spread conflicts... Therefore, it is important never, for a single moment, to give in to this enemy pressure, not to wind oneself up, not to show weakness.

  2. Henry Adams:

    Absolute liberty is absence of restraint; responsibility is restraint; therefore, the ideally free individual is responsible to himself.

  3. Hazlitt:

    Man is an intellectual animal, therefore an everlasting contradiction to himself. His senses centre in himself, his ideas reach to the ends of the universe; so that he is torn in pieces between the two without the possibility of its ever being otherwise. A mere physical being or a pure spirit can alone be satisfied with itself.

  4. Leslie Miklosy:

    Everything leads somewhere and therefore can lead you out of anywhere.

  5. Drew Thompson:

    It will reinforce the conclusion that Japan has already drawn that China potentially presents a threat to Japan and therefore it has to increase its own defense spending and readiness to deal with it.

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