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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Low-income workers are critical to our economy, and therefore, their perspectives are vital to positioning our economy for the future. Don Howard, Forbes, 13 May 2022 My last is therefore a kind of a bookend, a dispatch from the country's failure to address any of the problems that have made our politics increasingly fraught, hateful, and unproductive. David Faris, The Week, 12 May 2022 Leaning into nature therapy as a form of healing justice, is therefore a vulnerable and oftentimes uncomfortable taking back of control. Evie Muir,, 11 May 2022 Your first job therefore is to figure out what keywords will work best to get people there. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, 11 May 2022 The overall rise in gun deaths therefore was 15 percent in 2020, the C.D.C. said. New York Times, 10 May 2022 First up for vaccines, therefore, were staff at customs and airports, taxi drivers, overseas business travelers and anyone else considered a potential vector to bring the virus into China and spread it. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 But, those who are in Mike’s immediate social circle have always known his duplicitous nature, and therefore his tentacled approach to business, socio-political activism, and Black financial empowerment is nothing new to them. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 6 May 2022 Women do not run at the same rate as men and are therefore vastly underrepresented. Erin Loos Cutraro, Fortune, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of therefore

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

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18 May 2022

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“Therefore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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