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but then

Definition of but then

  1. 1 —used to introduce a statement that adds another and different thought to a preceding statement <I'm surprised to hear that Tom has left the army. But then I suppose he never was the type to obey orders.> ; sometimes used to introduce an explanation for something <His cakes are amazing—but then he did study with some of the best pastry chefs in the world.>

  2. 2 —used to introduce a statement that tells about something different or surprising that happened next <The team won the first two games, but then failed to win any of the next five.>



Word by Word Definitions

thenplay
  1. :  at that time

    :  soon after that :  next in order of time

    :  following next after in order of position, narration, or enumeration :  being next in a series

  1. :  that time

  1. :  existing or acting at or belonging to the time mentioned


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