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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Residents therefore have good reason to be worried about Beijing’s encroachment—especially the threat of extradition. Time, "Why Business Has a Stake in Hong Kong's Protests," 11 July 2019 Blue Lick owns the park and fields, and therefore have to pay their own property taxes. Robert Rimpson, The Courier-Journal, "Nearly $5,000 worth of equipment stolen from a Louisville Little League park," 9 July 2019 Saudi Arabia was therefore alarmed at the challenge posed to the Sudanese government by the popular uprising in Khartoum and other Sudanese towns and cities. Martin Plaut, Quartz Africa, "The glow of the historic accord between Ethiopia and Eritrea has faded," 9 July 2019 The victim has autism and is non-verbal and therefore could not be interviewed, according to the affidavit. Dallas News, "Dallas police issue warrant for Autism Treatment Center employee accused of kicking patient's teeth out," 7 July 2019 The love of my life was working in DC, and exasperation with the ever-worsening A train commute plus a desire to shed some stuff—and therefore be amenable to potential major life changes, including future moves—led me to Orchard Street. Kelsey Keith, Curbed, "From NYC to DC, 14 years of apartments," 5 July 2019 This find therefore adds valuable new information to our understanding of their lives and interactions with other species. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "12-foot bird lived alongside early human relatives, fossils reveal," 26 June 2019 At the time, many of us believed that NROTC contributed to the war effort, and therefore had to be removed from campus. Jeff Rice, Twin Cities, "Jeff Rice: I damaged the ROTC offices at Northwestern University. Here’s how — and why — I atone," 24 June 2019 The scene was quintessentially New Orleans and therefore quintessentially Dr. John. Hanna Krueger,, "“We don’t do pity parties. We do parties”: New Orleans sends Dr. John off in style," 22 June 2019

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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

somewhat formal : for that reason : because of that


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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to form ideas or theories about something

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