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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The action seems clear enough: Krzanich violated company policy and therefore had to step down., "Intel's CEO Resigned Due To A Relationship — Is That Really A Bad Thing?," 22 June 2018 And, ultimately, Reagan was not going to concede and eliminate the SDI initiative and therefore did not want to go forward. Fox News, "How Will Markets Respond to North Korea Talks?," 12 June 2018 If these new strains pass to humans, who have not been previously exposed to them and therefore do not have immunity against them, the health consequences can be severe. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Next Flu Pandemic Might Come from Dogs," 9 June 2018 Dortmund would therefore want to wrap up the deal before the tournament starts., "Borussia Dortmund Officials Meet With Torreira Agent," 8 June 2018 Schools may start recruiting guys specifically just to help win the resulting scrums and therefore ideal field position. Ron Higgins,, "Here's a few more changes the SEC needs to push," 5 June 2018 And therefore, the public doesn’t have a context within which to be getting the information or having the discussion. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "The hardest part of preparing for disasters is overcoming human nature," 26 May 2018 All of these products were tested by our SELF staffers who tend to get acne breakouts (and therefore have to be super selective about their product choices). Jessica Cruel, SELF, "The 6 Best Skin-Care Products for Acne-Prone Skin," 14 May 2018 The increase in inflation is therefore likely to provoke a strong government response. Peter Crabb, idahostatesman, "Job market is good, but wages aren’t rising as much as cost of living," 20 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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