1 of 2


where·​in (h)wer-ˈin How to pronounce wherein (audio)
: in what : in what particular or respect
wherein was I wrong


2 of 2


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

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.
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The growing field of agrivoltaics, wherein land is used for both food production and energy generation, has, in fact, made land use more efficient by interspersing conventional solar arrays between rows of crops. Naoki Nitta, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Jan. 2023 The locals host sick rituals, too, wherein miscreants are cloned and then forced to witness their own executions. Peter Debruge, Variety, 22 Jan. 2023 See all Example Sentences for wherein 

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Word History

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above


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

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

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“Wherein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wherein. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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1 of 2 adverb
where·​in hwer-ˈin How to pronounce wherein (audio)
: in what : in what way
wherein was I wrong


2 of 2 conjunction
: in which
the city wherein we live

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