Hypertext Webster Gateway: "then"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Then \Then\, conj.
1. Than. [Obs.] --Spenser.

2. In that case; in consequence; as a consequence; therefore;
for this reason.

If all this be so, then man has a natural freedom.

Now, then, be all thy weighty cares away. --Dryden.

Syn: Therefore.

Usage: {Then}, {Therefore}. Both these words are used in
reasoning; but therefore takes the lead, while then is
rather subordinate or incidental. Therefore states
reasons and draws inferences in form; then, to a great
extent, takes the point as proved, and passes on to
the general conclusion. ``Therefore being justified by
faith, we have peace with God.'' --Rom. v. 1. ``So
then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word
of God.'' --Rom. x. 17.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Then \Then\ ([th][e^]n), adv. [Originally the same word as than.
See {Than}.]
1. At that time (referring to a time specified, either past
or future).

And the Canaanite was then in the land. --Gen. xii.

Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as
also I am known. --1 Cor. xiii.

2. Soon afterward, or immediately; next; afterward.

First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come
and offer thy gift. --Matt. v. 24.

3. At another time; later; again.

One while the master is not aware of what is done,
and then in other cases it may fall out to be own
act. --L'Estrange.

{By then}.
(a) By that time.
(b) By the time that. [Obs.]

But that opinion, I trust, by then this
following argument hath been well read, will be
left for one of the mysteries of an indulgent
Antichrist. --Milton.

{Now and then}. See under {Now}, adv.

{Till then}, until that time; until the time mentioned.

Note: Then is often used elliptically, like an adjective, for
then existing; as, the then administration.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : at a specific prior time; "the then president" [syn: {then(a)}]
n : that time; that moment; "we will arrive before then"; "we
were friends from then on"
adv 1: subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence
connectors); "then he left"; "go left first, then
right"; "first came lightning, then thunder"; "we
watched the late movie and then went to bed"; "and so
home and to bed" [syn: {so}, {and so}, {and then}]
2: in that case or as a consequence; "if he didn't take it,
then who did?"; "keep it then if you want to"; "the case,
then, is closed"; "you've made up your mind then?"; "then
you'll be rich"
3: at that time; "I was young then"; "prices were lower back
then"; "science as it was then taught"

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