whereas

conjunction
where·​as | \hwer-ˈaz, wer-, (ˌ)(h)wər-\

Definition of whereas 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : while on the contrary

b : although

2 : in view of the fact that : since used especially to introduce a preamble

whereas

noun

Definition of whereas (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an introductory statement of a formal document : preamble

2 : a conditional or qualifying statement

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Synonyms for whereas

Synonyms: Conjunction

albeit, although (also altho), as, howbeit, much as, notwithstanding, though, when, while

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Examples of whereas in a Sentence

Conjunction

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Conjunction

Brian Slade is not a human whereas all the other characters have their human elements. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Jonathan Rhys Meyers Has Only Seen Velvet Goldmine Once," 20 June 2018 There were a couple of reasons why the Prohibitionists didn't want to do that, but the primary reason was that a law can be undone by the next Congress--whereas, up until that point, no one had ever repealed a constitutional amendment. Lillian Cunningham, Washington Post, "Episode 14 of the Constitutional podcast: ‘Prohibition’," 1 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Brian Slade is not a human whereas all the other characters have their human elements. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Jonathan Rhys Meyers Has Only Seen Velvet Goldmine Once," 20 June 2018 There were a couple of reasons why the Prohibitionists didn't want to do that, but the primary reason was that a law can be undone by the next Congress--whereas, up until that point, no one had ever repealed a constitutional amendment. Lillian Cunningham, Washington Post, "Episode 14 of the Constitutional podcast: ‘Prohibition’," 1 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of whereas

Conjunction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whereas

Conjunction

Middle English where as, from where + as

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The first known use of whereas was in the 14th century

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whereas

conjunction

English Language Learners Definition of whereas

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

law : since it is true that

whereas

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

Kids Definition of whereas

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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