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[th air-fawr, -fohr] /ˈðɛərˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr/
in consequence of that; as a result; consequently:
I think; therefore I am.
Origin of therefore
1125-75; Middle English ther(e)fore, variant of therfor therefor
Can be confused
therefor, therefore (see synonym study at the current entry)
hence, whence. Therefore, wherefore, accordingly, consequently, so, then all introduce a statement resulting from, or caused by, what immediately precedes. Therefore (for this or that reason) and wherefore (for which reason) imply exactness of reasoning; they are especially used in logic, law, mathematics, etc., and in a formal style of speaking or writing. Accordingly (in conformity with the preceding) and consequently (as a result, or sequence, or effect of the preceding), although also somewhat formal, occur mainly in less technical contexts. So (because the preceding is true or this being the case) and then (since the preceding is true) are informal or conversational in tone. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You must marry, therefore, if not for your own sake, for the sake of your mother and sisters.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • His fables are generally stale, and, therefore, excite no curiosity.

  • Some object to liver, therefore the use of it is a matter of taste.

    Culture and Cooking Catherine Owen
  • The future, therefore, is all a mystery; and so let it remain.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • The married couple should, therefore, avoid everything which may rupture this link.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
British Dictionary definitions for therefore


sentence connector
thus; hence: used to mark an inference on the speaker's part: those people have their umbrellas up: therefore, it must be raining
consequently; as a result: they heard the warning on the radio and therefore took another route
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Word Origin and History for therefore

Old English þærfore; from there + fore, Old English and Middle English collateral form of for. Since c.1800, therefor has been used in sense of "for that, by reason of that;" and therefore in sense of "in consequence of that."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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