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thereby adv : by that means or because of that; "He knocked over the red wine, thereby ruining the table cloth"

20 Moby Thesaurus words for "thereby": by, by dint of, by means of, by use of, by virtue of, by way of, hereby, herewith, in virtue of, on, per, thanks to, therefrom, therewith, through, upon, whereby, wherewith, wherewithal, with

Thereby \There*by"\, adv. 1. By that; by that means; in consequence of that. [1913 Webster] Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace; thereby good shall come unto thee. --Job xxii. 21. [1913 Webster] 2. Annexed to that. ``Thereby hangs a tale.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Thereabout; -- said of place, number, etc. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]


Logical consequence (also entailment) is one of the most fundamental concepts in logic. It is the relationship between statements that holds true when one logically "follows from" one or more others.

therefore 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}]

64 Moby Thesaurus words for "therefore": according to circumstances, accordingly, after all, all things considered, and so, as a consequence, as a result, as it is, as matters stand, at that rate, because of that, because of this, before the bench, before the court, ceteris paribus, consequently, considering, equally, ergo, everything being equal, finally, for that, for that cause, for that reason, for this cause, for this reason, for which reason, hence, hereat, in court, in that case, in that event, inconsequence, inevitably, it follows that, naturally, naturellement, necessarily, of course, of necessity, on balance, on that account, on that ground, on the whole, on this account, propter hoc, so, sub judice, taking into account, that being so, then, thence, thereat, therefor, therefrom, thereupon, this being so, thus, thusly, thuswise, under the circumstances, whence, wherefore, wherefrom

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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  • thereby: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • thereby: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • thereby: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • therefore: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • therefore: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • therefore: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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