there·​fore | \ ˈt͟her-ˌfȯr \

Definition of therefore

1a : for that reason : consequently
b : because of that
c : on that ground
2 : to that end

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Examples of therefore in a Sentence

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 Most Irish jump racing—and therefore most of the racing discussed in the book—is the laid-back pastime of enthusiasts … — Max Watman, New York Times Book Review, 9 Apr. 2006 A good approach to finding out what makes us humans so darn special would therefore be to get complete maps of the human and chimp genomes, and compare the two. — John Derbyshire, National Review, 7 Nov. 2005 Characteristically, however, Darwinists, like primitive economists, assume that what is humane—I use the word here, unexceptionably, as I believe, to mean whatever arises from the desire to mitigate competition and to put aside self-interest—is unnatural, and therefore wrong. — Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam, (1998) 2005 I was once sitting behind a newspaper in the Swansea common room while two engineers, i.e. lecturers in engineering, therefore by common consent philistines, chatted together. — Kingsley Amis, Memoirs, 1991 The cell phone is thin and light and therefore very convenient to carry around. Payment was received two weeks after it was due; therefore, you will be charged a late fee.
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Far more lawmaking is therefore done by the Supreme Court, through its decisions to overturn or uphold state laws or presidential decrees. The Economist, "Anthony Kennedy’s retirement comes at a worrying time," 30 June 2018 But to suggest that therefore the integrity of the kiss shape does not matter is to ignore the fact that cookies are a visual medium as much as a gustatory one. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "2018 was a difficult year for cookies," 21 Dec. 2018 In contrast, preventing future humans from existing does not introduce such suffering, since those human beings will not exist and therefore not have lives to sacrifice. James Freeman, WSJ, "Human Extinction: Hot Again," 18 Dec. 2018 Because the other streaming devices aren't made by Apple, and therefore don't have iTunes support. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Ultimate Guide To TV Streaming Devices, From Apple TV To Roku," 6 Dec. 2018 The jury concluded church elders did not receive notice of the second woman's abuse and therefore did not have a duty to tell authorities. Matt Volz, Fox News, "Jury: Jehovah's Witnesses must pay $34M to abuse survivor," 27 Sep. 2018 Residents therefore have a direct interest in continued production. Kelsey Brugger, Scientific American, "Alaska Wants to Fight Warming While Still Drilling for Oil," 12 July 2018 But Alito wrote that the trial court's action was effectively an injunction and that the Supreme Court therefore had jurisdiction to hear the state's appeal. Adam Liptak, Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court upholds Texas voting maps that were called racially discriminatory," 25 June 2018 To complicate matters, Amazon shut down its Customer Discussion forums last October, therefore shoppers don’t have an official place to ask questions and receive feedback from other Amazon users. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "How to avoid a bad shopping trip on Amazon," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of therefore

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of therefore

: for that reason : because of that


there·​fore | \ ˈt͟her-ˌfȯr \

Kids Definition of therefore

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

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