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whereas

conjunction where·as \ hwer-ˈaz , wer- , (ˌ)(h)wər- \
|Updated on: 23 Jun 2018

Definition of whereas

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

Examples of whereas in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of whereas

Middle English where as, from where + as

whereas Synonyms

Related Words

but, if;


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whereas

noun

Definition of whereas

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

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First Known Use of whereas

1795

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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WHEREAS Defined for English Language Learners

whereas

Definition of whereas for English Language Learners

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

  • law : since it is true that


WHEREAS Defined for Kids

whereas

conjunction where·as \ hwer-ˈaz , wer- \

Definition of whereas for Students

1 : since it is true that Whereas you fulfilled the requirements, you are hereby granted membership.
2 : while just the opposite
  • Water quenches fire, whereas gasoline feeds it.


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