conjunction \hwer-ˈaz, wer-, (ˌ)(h)wər-\

—used to make a statement that describes how two people, groups, etc., are different

law : since it is true that

Full Definition of WHEREAS

a :  while on the contrary
b :  although
:  in view of the fact that :  since —used especially to introduce a preamble

Examples of WHEREAS

  1. <whereas you chose to participate in this stupid prank, you will be held responsible as well>
  2. <whereas there are many good reasons to switch to Plan B, we must stick with Plan A as long as it is feasible>

Origin of WHEREAS

Middle English where as, from where + as
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to WHEREAS

as, as long as, because, being (as or as how or that) [chiefly dialect], 'cause, considering, for, inasmuch as, now, seeing, since

Rhymes with WHEREAS



Definition of WHEREAS

:  an introductory statement of a formal document :  preamble
:  a conditional or qualifying statement

First Known Use of WHEREAS



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