wherefore


1where·fore

adverb \ˈhwer-ˌfr, ˈwer-\

—used in the past to mean “why”

Full Definition of WHEREFORE

1
:  for what reason or purpose :  why
2
:  therefore

Examples of WHEREFORE

  1. <it was getting late, and wherefore we decided to move on>

Origin of WHEREFORE

Middle English wherfor, wherfore, from where, wher + for, fore for
First Known Use: 13th century

Related to WHEREFORE

2wherefore

noun

Definition of WHEREFORE

:  an answer or statement giving an explanation :  reason <wants to know the whys and wherefores>

Examples of WHEREFORE

  1. <demanded to know the whys and wherefores for the decision>

First Known Use of WHEREFORE

1590

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