there·​of | \ t͟her-ˈəv How to pronounce thereof (audio) , -ˈäv \

Definition of thereof

1 : of that or it
2 : from that cause or particular : therefrom

Examples of thereof in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His young helper, Sonny (Gregory Diaz IV), has ambitions of going to college, but doing so would risk exposing his status – or lack thereof – as an unauthorized immigrant. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 June 2021 There's the side-eye from busybody strangers, in disapproval of a coffee order or workout routine (or lack thereof). Elissa Strauss, CNN, 8 June 2021 With Ellen DeGeneres ending her reign as daytime television’s headliner after 19 years, much has been made about the role that kindness, or the lack thereof, has in the talk-show landscape. Tom Smyth, Vulture, 4 June 2021 Of course, the iPad and Mac are still distinctly different physical devices because of the touchscreen (or lack thereof on Macs). Lauren Goode, Wired, 4 June 2021 Look for an update on its plans for all that cash—whether it would be best returned to shareholders, used to fund growth and expansion, saved for a rainy day, or some combination thereof. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Cottontail’s case is not uncommon; whales may deteriorate for months before finally succumbing to infection, difficulty feeding, drag, or some combination thereof caused by entanglement. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 18 Mar. 2021 Perhaps researchers will discover even more signs, or a combination thereof, when other methods are used. Christiane Gelitz, Scientific American, 9 Feb. 2021 But most career paths are influenced, in some way or another, by fortune, whim, or some combination thereof. Sunset Magazine, 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of thereof

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Thereof.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thereof

formal : of the thing that has been mentioned


there·​of | \ t͟her-ˈəv How to pronounce thereof (audio) , -ˈäv \

Kids Definition of thereof

: of that or it Our teacher explained the problem and the solution thereof.

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