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As adverbs the difference between therefore and yet

is that therefore is (conjunctive) for that or this purpose, referring to something previously stated while yet is (usually with negative) thus far; up to the present; up to some specified time.

As a verb yet is

(dialectal) to melt; found; cast, as metal.

As a noun yet is

(dialectal) a metal pan or boiler; yetling.

As a conjunction yet is

nevertheless; however; but; despite that.




  • (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.


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

    Derived terms


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    (wikipedia yet)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) yeten, from (etyl) . More at (l).

    Alternative forms

    * (l) * (l) (obsolete)


  • (dialectal) To melt; found; cast, as metal.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (dialectal) A metal pan or boiler; yetling.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) yet, yit, from (etyl) .Anatoly Liberman, An Analytic Dictionary of English Etymology: An Introduction'', s.v. “yet” (Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2008), xlvi.Marlies Philippa et al., eds., ''Etymologisch Woordenboek van het Nederlands , A-Z, s.v. “ooit” (Amsterdam UP, 3 Dec. 2009): More at aye and .


  • (usually with negative) Thus far; up to the present; up to some specified time.
  • Continuously up to the current time; still.
  • * Addison
  • facts they had heard while they were yet heathens
  • At some future time; eventually.
  • * Shakespeare
  • He'll be hanged yet .
  • (after certain copulative verbs, followed by an infinitive) Not as of the time referenced.
  • In addition.
  • * , chapter=10
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.}}
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 18, author=Ben Dirs, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia , passage=After yet another missed penalty by Kvirikashvili from bang in front of the posts, England scored again, centre Tuilagi flying into the line and touching down under the bar.}}
  • (degree) Even.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Men may not too rashly believe the confessions of witches, nor yet the evidence against them.
    Derived terms
    * not yet


    (English Conjunctions)
  • Nevertheless; however; but; despite that.
  • *
  • Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations. It is easily earned repetition to state that Josephine St. Auban's was a presence not to be concealed.
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  • Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor;.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-05-25, volume=407, issue=8837, page=74, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= No hiding place , passage=In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result.}}
    Derived terms
    * as yet