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

Synonyms for wherein

Synonyms: Adverb

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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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First Known Use of wherein


13th century, in the meaning defined above


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

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“Wherein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wherein. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of wherein

1 : in what way
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