Therefore vs. Thus

Therefore vs. Thus — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Therefore and Thus

Thereforeadverb

(conjunctive) For that or this purpose, referring to something previously stated.

Thusadverb

(manner) In this way or manner.

If you throw the ball thus, as I’m showing you, you’ll have better luck hitting the target.

Thereforeadverb

(conjunctive) Consequently, by or in consequence of that or this cause; referring to something previously stated.

Traditional values will always have a place, therefore they will never lose relevance.

Thusadverb

(conjunctive) As a result.

I have all the tools I need; thus, I will be able to fix the car without having to call a mechanic.

Thereforeadverb

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

therefore X must be truethe eggs were fresh and hence satisfactorywe were young and thence optimisticit is late and thus we must gothe witness is biased and so cannot be trusted

Thusnoun

an aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation

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Thereforeadverb

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

Thusadverb

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

therefore X must be truethe eggs were fresh and hence satisfactorywe were young and thence optimisticit is late and thus we must gothe witness is biased and so cannot be trusted

Thusadverb

in the way indicated;

hold the brush soset up the pieces thus