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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Recent Examples on the Web The Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer might be the most popular product of 2020 and, therefore, will be the most popular gift of 2020. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "These will be the hottest gifts of 2020," 16 Oct. 2020 Endemic disease is therefore the most likely outcome. Popular Science, "COVID-19 might not ever truly go away," 13 Oct. 2020 DeWine acknowledged that the antibody tests aren’t as sensitive as the swab tests that are sent to the laboratories for analysis, known as a polymerase chain reaction, or PCR test, and therefore aren’t as accurate. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Newly coronavirus blood antigen tests will be first distributed to colleges, nursing homes," 13 Oct. 2020 Phase 3 includes widening and improving I-12 from La. 21 to La. 1077, but no funding sources for that work have been identified yet and, therefore, there is no contract award date. Staff Report,, "Early balloting begins Friday for St. Tammany Parish voters," 13 Oct. 2020 The insistence of Daimler and VW on building up software skills might therefore be another iteration of their historic bias toward over-investment. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "The German Car Industry Musters for a New Tech Battle," 9 Oct. 2020 Red states behind the challenge are arguing that because the individual mandate no longer has a financial penalty associated with it, it can no longer be read as a tax and therefore is simply an unconstitutional government mandate to buy a product. Tyler Olson, Fox News, "Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf aims to pressure Sen. Toomey into voting against Barrett confirmation," 8 Oct. 2020 The advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which advises the government, is therefore to prioritise the elderly in care homes, people over the age of 65 and those with complicating health risks. The Economist, "Ready, steady, jab Britain prepares to roll out a covid-19 vaccine," 7 Oct. 2020 At the Berlin rally in late August, Kennedy invoked conspiracy theories about 5G technology, pharmaceutical companies and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, whose foundation funds vaccination efforts and is therefore a target of anti-vaccine groups. Washington Post, "The pandemic is amplifying the U.S. anti-vaccine movement — and globalizing it," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of therefore

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

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The first known use of therefore was in the 14th century

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20 Oct 2020

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“Therefore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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