where·​in | \ (h)wer-ˈin How to pronounce wherein (audio) , (ˌ)(h)wər- \

Definition of wherein

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in what : in what particular or respect wherein was I wrong



Definition of wherein (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : in which : where the city wherein he lives
b : during which
2 : in what way : how showed me wherein I was wrong

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for wherein

Synonyms: Adverb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of wherein in a Sentence

Adverb Wherein lies the secret to the company's success? wherein this document can be demonstrated to be out of compliance with current standards, that section will be considered null and void Conjunction the city wherein he lives There was a period in her life wherein she took no active part in politics. He showed me wherein I was wrong.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Under $50: These elegant tapered pants The Annie Hall look—popularized by Diane Keaton in the 1970s, wherein women rock trousers, vests, button-downs and other traditionally masculine attire—is making a comeback. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 7 best things to buy during Anthropologie's huge summer sale," 28 June 2020 The proportion of civil cases wherein one party is unrepresented, or pro se, has grown massively since the 1970s. Kathryn Joyce, The New Republic, "No Money, No Lawyer, No Justice," 22 June 2020 The story takes place after the Civil War in the South, wherein former slaves appear pleased to remain submissive to their former masters. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Gone With the Wind removed from HBO Max, will return with 'historical context'," 10 June 2020 In these overwhelming and uncertain times, many landlords and tenants have come to satisfactory agreements, wherein the former has waived rent for the lockdown period and even agreed to reduced rents post lockdown. Priyanka Malhotra, Quartz India, "The story of Delhi’s iconic bookstore that lost its battle against Covid-19," 9 June 2020 Our overriding goal is not the perpetuation of this situation, but rather an improved environment wherein the carriers of both parties will be able to exercise fully their bilateral rights. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Trump administration to ban Chinese airlines from flying to US," 3 June 2020 Taking the red pill, for those who don’t know, is a reference to the film The Matrix, wherein taking the red pill means opening up one’s mind and escaping the simulated world known as the Matrix. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "Lilly Wachowski Slams Elon Musk and Ivanka Trump on Twitter," 18 May 2020 These efforts are so widespread, they have already been propagandized, in promotional videos wherein drones disperse groups of people playing newly dangerous sidewalk games of mah-jongg. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "When the Checkpoints Come," 19 Mar. 2020 Then there is Trump’s alternative reality, wherein the mood can swing violently from day to day, but the constant and overriding concern is to preserve the myth that all is going smoothly. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Trump Has Single-Handedly Created a New Federalism," 14 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'wherein.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of wherein


13th century, in the meaning defined above


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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about wherein

Time Traveler for wherein

Time Traveler

The first known use of wherein was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for wherein

Last Updated

12 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wherein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wherein. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for wherein


How to pronounce wherein (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wherein

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : in what way : in what



English Language Learners Definition of wherein (Entry 2 of 2)

: in which
: during which
: in what way


where·​in | \ hwer-ˈin How to pronounce wherein (audio) , wer- \

Kids Definition of wherein

1 : in what way
2 : in which

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on wherein

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for wherein

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with wherein

Spanish Central: Translation of wherein

Nglish: Translation of wherein for Spanish Speakers

Comments on wherein

What made you want to look up wherein? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!