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. [1913 Webster]

I have married a wife, and therefore I can not come. --Luke xiv. 20. [1913 Webster]

Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? --Matt. xix. 27. [1913 Webster]

2. Consequently; by consequence. [1913 Webster]

He blushes; therefore he is guilty. --Spectator. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Then}. [1913 Webster]

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