the whys and (the) wherefores

Definition of the whys and (the) wherefores

  1. :  the reasons for something She explained the whys and the wherefores of the sudden price increase.

Word by Word Definitions

whyplay whys
  1. :  for what cause, reason, or purpose

  1. :  the cause, reason, or purpose for which

    :  for which :  on account of which

  1. :  reason, cause

    :  a baffling problem :  enigma

  1. : used to express mild surprise, hesitation, approval, disapproval, or impatience

whereforeplay wherefores
  1. :  for what reason or purpose :  why

    :  therefore

  1. :  an answer or statement giving an explanation :  reason

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