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Examples of wherewithal in a Sentence
A project as big as this requires a lot of financial wherewithal.
He doesn't have the wherewithal to finish what he started.
Recent Examples of wherewithal from the Web
Few criminals have the wherewithal to pull off a heist like that and leave no trail, so it's already rumored that the infamous Pink Panthers were behind the robbery.
The financial wherewithal to pay for treatment is critical.
Fifth, Michigan State has the financial wherewithal to pay a sizable judgment without compromising its other contractual obligations or core academic mission.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, which is really the only country that has the wherewithal to do something about it, is content to let the market overtighten, allowing oil prices to shoot up.
Having amassed the wherewithal, Mr Son set about collecting stakes.
Previous plans have fallen apart because the city came to believe the developers didn't have the wherewithal.
That should be a telling barometer for a young team that should have its legs late in the season but perhaps not the wherewithal to deal with adversity and tough road matchups if Cleveland is still on the playoff fringes.
And some of them have the will and the wherewithal to be better known.
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Did You Know?
Wherewithal has been with us in one form or another since the 16th century. It comes from "where" and "withal" (meaning "with"), and it has been used as a conjunction meaning "with or by means of which" and as a pronoun meaning "that with or by which." These days, however, it is almost always used as a noun referring to the means or resources one has at one's disposal - especially financial resources, that is, money.
WHEREWITHAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wherewithal for English Language Learners
: the money, skill, etc., that is needed to get or do something
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