know-why

noun
plural know-whys

Definition of know-why

: understanding of the reasons underlying something (as a course of action) our frontier past and our industrialized present both incline us toward a preoccupation with technique, with know-how rather than know-why— Dwight Macdonald

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“Know-why.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/know-why. Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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