Hypertext Webster Gateway: "therefore"

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

Therefore \There"fore\, conj. & adv. [OE. therfore. See {There},
and {Fore}, adv., {For}, and cf. {Therefor}.]
1. For that or this reason, referring to something previously
stated; for that.

I have married a wife, and therefore I can not come.
--Luke xiv.

Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee;
what shall we have therefore? --Matt. xix.

2. Consequently; by consequence.

He blushes; therefore he is guilty. --Spectator.

Syn: See {Then}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adv 1: (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or
reason or as a result; "therefore X must be true";
"the eggs were fresh and hence satisfactory"; "we were
young and thence optimistic"; "it is late and thus we
must go"; "the witness is biased and so cannot be
trusted" [syn: {hence}, {thence}, {thus}]
2: as a consequence; "he had good reason to be grateful for the
opportunities which they had made available to him and
which consequently led to the good position he now held"
[syn: {consequently}]

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