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wherefore

adverb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

for this or that reason
  • it was getting late, and wherefore we decided to move on

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wherefore

noun

Synonyms of wherefore (Entry 2 of 2)

something (as a belief) that serves as the basis for another thing
  • demanded to know the whys and wherefores for the decision

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“Wherefore.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/wherefore. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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