adverb there·fore \ˈther-ˌfr\

: for that reason : because of that

Full Definition of THEREFORE

a :  for that reason :  consequently
b :  because of that
c :  on that ground
:  to that end

Examples of THEREFORE

  1. The cell phone is thin and light and therefore very convenient to carry around.
  2. Payment was received two weeks after it was due; therefore, you will be charged a late fee.
  3. To understand what has happened to the earth's atmosphere—and, therefore, how our climate might change in the future—some ice-core scientists in the Arctic are training their eyes directly downward. —Bryan Walsh, Time, 18 Aug. 2008

First Known Use of THEREFORE

14th century

Related to THEREFORE

accordingly, consequently, ergo, hence, so, thereupon, thus, wherefore, in consequence
THEREFORE Defined for Kids


adverb there·fore \ˈther-ˌfr\

Definition of THEREFORE for Kids

:  for that reason <She is sick and therefore will be absent.>


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