What is the difference between therefore and because?

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Therefore is a synonym of because.


As adverbs the difference between therefore and because

is that therefore is (conjunctive) for that or this purpose, referring to something previously stated while because is (archaic) for the reason (that ).

As a conjunction because is

by or for the cause that; on this account that; for the reason that.

therefore

English

Adverb

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  • (conjunctive) For that or this purpose, referring to something previously stated.
  • *
  • I have married a wife, and therefore I can not come.
  • *
  • Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore ?
  • (conjunctive) Consequently, by or in consequence of that or this cause; referring to something previously stated.
  • * , title=(Discourse on the Method)
  • , passage=Je pense, donc je suis (I think, therefore I am)}}
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts, 
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April, author=
  • , volume=100, issue=2, page=171, magazine=(American Scientist) , title= Well-connected Brains , passage=Creating a complete map of the human connectome would therefore be a monumental milestone but not the end of the journey to understanding how our brains work.}}
  • * (rfdate), Spectator
  • He blushes; therefore he is guilty.

    Synonyms

    * (for that purpose) so, thus, to that end, to this end * (consequently) hence, then, thus, accordingly, as a result, (math)

    Derived terms

    *

    See also

    *

    because

    English

    Alternative forms

    * 'cause, cos, cuz, coz, 'cos, 'cuz, 'coz,

    Adverb

    (-)
  • (archaic) For the reason (that ).
  • * 1611 , Authorized King James Version of Genesis 2:3:
  • And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
  • On account (of''), for sake (''of ).
  • I ruined my life because of you!
  • Derived terms

    * because of * just because

    Conjunction

    (English Conjunctions)
  • By or for the cause that; on this account that; for the reason that.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katrina G. Claw
  • , title= Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm , volume=101, issue=3, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.}}
  • * , chapter=17
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=“Perhaps it is because I have been excommunicated. It's absurd, but I feel like the Jackdaw of Rheims.”  ¶ She winced and bowed her head. Each time that he spoke flippantly of the Church he caused her pain.}}
  • As is known, inferred, or determined from the fact that.
  • (obsolete) So that, in order that.
  • *, II.3.2:
  • Simonset the house on fire where he was born, because nobody should point at it.

    Synonyms

    * (for the reason that) therefore, since, for, for that, forthy, for sake, forwhy, as, inasmuch as, (mathematics symbol)

    Preposition

    (English prepositions)
  • * 2012' October 20, "D.F. Manno" (username), ''GOP deadbeat dad: No abortion exceptions '''because SCIENCE!'', in alt.fan.cecil-adams, ''Usenet
  • * 2013' November 19, Megan Garber, ''English Has a New Preposition, '''Because Internet :
  • Linguists are recognizing the delightful evolution of the word "because."
    Let's start with the dull stuff, because pragmatism.
  • * 2013 December 6, (Donald Glover) ((Childish Gambino)), (Because the Internet)
  • Derived terms

    * because reasons

    Statistics

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    References

    * Glossa'', volume 17 (1997), page 175: cf. Emonds 1976:175 on the analysis of Modern English ''because as a preposition introducing a clause 200 English basic words