I have quite some reservations regarding the use of the word "thus". Often I see people using it as as substitute for "consequently".

I have always taken the word to mean "in this way". E.g I perform the calculation thus.

Is the word still in common usage, whenever I see it I can't help but feel the author is being pretentious - or in some cases flat out using it incorrectly.

If anyone has some insight on this let me know - especially if I am wrong!

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    It is still in use in BrE. Never use a long word when a short one will do.
    – Mick
    Dec 3, 2016 at 15:10
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    macmillandictionary gives the two definitions as 1: as a result of [the fact that you have just mentioned] and 2: in the way [that has been mentioned, or by the method [that has been mentioned] (dictionaries usually define the the most common usage first). Dec 3, 2016 at 15:15
  • @Mick a good point well made!
    – user27119
    Dec 3, 2016 at 15:18
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    @Mick: Okay, it's a bit facetious, but I have no problem with using the longer form thusly sometimes - always and only with the in that manner sense. Dec 3, 2016 at 15:19
  • @FumbleFingers I'm inclined to agree with you! For some reason thusly feels more acceptable - I have no idea why, it just does. I feel like thus belong sin the same category of redundant old English. But as you said in your comment it seems perfectly valid.
    – user27119
    Dec 3, 2016 at 19:37

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I still use thus and am under the impression that it is still widely used in today's day and age.

You are correct about its definition and usage, but it also has a second definition and usage.


  1. As a result or consequence of this; therefore. Syn: therefore, consequently

  2. In the manner now being indicated or exemplified; in this way. Syn: like that, in that way

The Ngram also shows us that thus is still widely used:


Thus, we can conclude that thus is still an acceptable, correct, and widely used word.

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    I just checked the OED and it agrees with what you just said. I don't like the use of this as a replacement for consequently, but it appears to be valid!
    – user27119
    Dec 3, 2016 at 15:19

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