Then

Then

(?), conj. 1. Than. [Obs.] Spenser.
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2. In that case; in consequence; as a consequence; therefore; for this reason.
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If all this be so, then man has a natural freedom.
Locke.
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Now, then, be all thy weighty cares away.
Dryden.
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Syn. -- Therefore. Then, Therefore. Both these words are used in reasoning; but therefore takes the lead, while then is rather subordinate or incidental. Therefore states reasons and draws inferences in form; then, to a great extent, takes the point as proved, and passes on to the general conclusion. "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God." Rom. v. 1. "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Rom. x. 17.
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