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 Dictionary entry overview: What does therefore mean? 

THEREFORE (adverb)
  The adverb THEREFORE has 2 senses:

1. (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result
2. as a consequence

  Familiarity information: THEREFORE used as an adverb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

THEREFORE (adverb)

Sense 1therefore [BACK TO TOP]


(used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result


hence; therefore; thus; thence

Context examples:

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

Sense 2therefore [BACK TO TOP]


As a consequence


consequently; therefore

Context example:

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

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