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 first place to start this discussion consists of clearly acknowledging that today’s AI driving systems are not sentient and therefore cannot be subject to velocitation in the same manner as human beings. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 No other single event had been so extensively visually documented, therefore the onus was on DNEG to make sure that their recreation of the Lower Manhattan area and the destruction was completely accurate. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 10 Sep. 2021 The perfect torture, therefore, is to kill him while Rory and Chloe go on with their lives. Sara Netzley,, 10 Sep. 2021 It should not have been well received anywhere. Sheppard: The key challenge for governments is therefore to accelerate efforts to tackle demand. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 10 Sep. 2021 Some are sweet, some are tart, some are N/A and therefore aren’t even liqueurs. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 9 Sep. 2021 That means the media companies should be considered publishers of the comments and are therefore responsible for any defamatory content that appears in them, according to a summary of the judgment from the court. Mike Cherney, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2021 Carmen Hernandez, attorney or Donovan Crowl, who's facing the more serious conspiracy charges, disagreed, saying prosecutors' use of the obstruction statute is too vague and, therefore, unconstitutional. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 The man did not pay and was, therefore, trespassing. cleveland, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of therefore

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

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“Therefore.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of therefore

: 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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