therefore

adverb
there·​fore | \ ˈt͟her-ˌfȯr How to pronounce therefore (audio) \

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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When a firm avocado is paired with an apple or a banana inside a paper bag, the ethylene becomes more concentrated, therefore yielding perfectly ripe avocados faster. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, "How to Ripen an Avocado Fast," 3 May 2019 As Allure explained, when cannabis contains less than 0.3% THC, it's considered hemp, and is therefore legal. Teen Vogue, "A Shopping Guide to CBD Beauty Products," 20 Apr. 2019 Until the bombshell in season seven’s finale, when it was revealed that Jon Snow is actually a Targaryen and therefore the rightful heir to the throne, audiences have operated under the assumption that Daenerys was the real heir. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Daenerys Targaryen Will Sit on the Iron Throne on Game of Thrones, and You Know It," 12 Apr. 2019 Of course, the timeless jeans-and-a-check-blazer combo is always in play, but the silhouette of an oversize jacket provides more coverage and can therefore be a clever stand-in for one of those statement spring coats. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Why a Big, Boxy Blazer Is the Best Spring Jacket," 4 Apr. 2019 The garage could be affected, but the cemetery money would not be touched because the contract award date is June, and would therefore be exempt under rules set up by Shanahan. ___ Associated Press writer Andrew Taylor contributed to this report. Robert Burns, The Seattle Times, "Lawmakers denounce plan to divert military money for wall," 26 Mar. 2019 Companies therefore don’t need to make any change to contracts governing data transfers to the EU from the U.K. The U.K. parliament will revisit the government’s Brexit deal on Tuesday. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Companies Weigh Data-Privacy Risks Ahead of Brexit," 12 Mar. 2019 The price, therefore, typically comes down to style and personal preference. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How to Install a Wood-Burning Stove," 28 Feb. 2019 The Appellate Division panel rejected a police union’s argument that body camera footage constitutes a personnel record and is therefore covered by a state law keeping police personnel records secret. Michael R. Sisak, The Seattle Times, "NY court: Public allowed to see police body camera footage," 19 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of therefore

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

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therefore

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of therefore

somewhat formal : for that reason : because of that

therefore

adverb
there·​fore | \ ˈt͟her-ˌfȯr How to pronounce therefore (audio) \

Kids Definition of therefore

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

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