therefore Definition

as a result or consequence of something previously stated; consequently.

Using therefore: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "therefore" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She didn't like the movie; therefore, she left early.

  • Example

    The weather was bad; therefore, the game was cancelled.

  • Example

    He didn't study for the exam; therefore, he failed.

  • Example

    The company lost money; therefore, they had to lay off employees.

therefore Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for therefore

Phrases with therefore

  • used to introduce a logical conclusion


    He is the best candidate for the job, and therefore we should hire him.

  • used to indicate a sequence of events


    He finished his work, therefore and then he went home.

  • a philosophical statement by René Descartes, meaning 'I think, therefore I am'


    The famous quote 'Cogito, ergo sum' means 'I think, therefore I am'.

Origins of therefore

from Middle English 'therfore', from Old English 'þǣrfore', meaning 'for that, because of that'


Summary: therefore in Brief

The term 'therefore' [ˈðɛːfɔː] is an adverb used to denote a logical conclusion or consequence of something previously stated. It is often used in academic and professional contexts, such as 'He didn't study for the exam; therefore, he failed.' 'Therefore' can be used in phrases like 'and therefore,' indicating a logical conclusion, and 'therefore and then,' indicating a sequence of events.

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