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ʰwɛərˈæz, wɛər-wher·e·as

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  1. whereasnoun

    A clause, as in legal documents, stating whereas.

  2. whereasadverb

    Where (that).

  3. whereasconjunction

    In contrast; whilst on the contrary

    He came first in the race whereas his brother came last.

  4. whereasconjunction

    It being the fact that

    And Whereas it hath pleased the Great Governor of the World to incline the hearts of the legislatures we respectively represent in Congress, to approve of, and to authorize us to ratify the said Articles of Confederation and perpetual Union. (United States Articles of Confederation)

  5. whereasconjunction

    Inasmuch as

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Whereasadverb

    Etymology: where and as.

    Are not those found to be the greatest zealots who are most notoriously ignorant? whereas true zeal should always begin with true knowledge. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    The aliment of plants is nearly one uniform juice; whereas animals live upon very different sorts of substances. Arbuthnot.

    They came to fiery flood of Phlegeton,
    Whereas the damned ghosts in torments fry. Fa. Queen.

    Prepare to ride unto St. Alban’s,
    Whereas the king and queen do mean to hawk. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    Whereas we read so many of them so much commended, some for their mild and merciful disposition, some for their virtuous severity, some for integrity of life; all these were the fruits of true and infallible principles delivered unto us in the word of God. Richard Hooker.

    Whereas all bodies seem to work by the communication of their natures, and impressions of their motions; the diffusion of species visible seemeth to participate more of the former, and the species audible of the latter. Francis Bacon.

    Whereas wars are generally causes of poverty, the special nature of this war with Spain, if made by sea, is like to be a lucrative war. Francis Bacon.

    Whereas seeing requires light, a free medium, and a right line to the objects, we can hear in the dark, immured, and by curve lines. William Holder, Elements of Speech.

    Whereas at first we had only three of these principles, their number is already swoln to five. Thomas Baker, on Learning.

    One imagines that the terrestrial matter, which is showered down with rain, enlarges the bulk of the earth: another fancies that the earth will ere long all be washed away by rains, and the waters of the ocean turned forth to overwhelm the dry land: whereas, by this distribution of matter, continual provision is every where made for the supply of bodies. John Woodward.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whereasadverb

    at which place; where

  2. Whereas

    considering that; it being the case that; since; -- used to introduce a preamble which is the basis of declarations, affirmations, commands, requests, or like, that follow

  3. Whereas

    when in fact; while on the contrary; the case being in truth that; although; -- implying opposition to something that precedes; or implying recognition of facts, sometimes followed by a different statement, and sometimes by inferences or something consequent

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whereas' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1781

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whereas' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1148

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whereas in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whereas in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of whereas in a Sentence

  1. Clive Williams:

    To drive a car into a group of policemen takes no planning whatsoever, it's a lot different from what Al Qaeda was encouraging people to do, which was to do sophisticated bombings which would result in lots of casualties but took lots of preparation and organization. There was a better chance of detecting them, but they were more dangerous -- whereas these are less detectable but less dangerous.

  2. Olivia Nuzzi:

    New York Magazine’s a return to how I assume things existed in this town, there’s something gross about New York Magazine, though New York Magazine’s a much lower-grade gross than what we were dealing with before … The Biden White House necessitates more operating, The Biden White House requires a phoniness. They’re passive aggressive, whereas the Trump people were aggressive.

  3. Guillaume Perret:

    In a counter-intuitive way, the market is showing persistent tightness whereas coal demand is falling in most parts of the world, we think the current rally is overshooting, in a similar way as prices overshot on the way down in January 2016. It is not fueled by a genuine increase in demand but rather by a short- to medium-term delay for spare supply capacity to adjust to demand.

  4. Tom Shakespeare:

    Whereas a pregnant women previously had to wait until she was 4 to 5 months pregnant to find out the sex of her child, with NIPT she can know as early as 10 weeks.


    Authoritativeness is one of the attributes of true leadership. In other words, whoever that professes to be a true leader should be authoritative in nature. I mean, he or she is expected to be commanding respect and he or she should be self-confident as well, wherever he or she goes. Besides that, for Clarification's sake, to be commanding respect means to be respectable or rather to be worthy of other people's respect. Whereas, to be self-confident means to believe in one's own ability, worth and potential. That is to say, every true leader is expected to be worthy of other people's respect. Moreover, he or she ought to believe in his or her own ability, potential and value. To my mind (in my opinion), anyway. ~Emeasoba George

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    an attitude of irreverence or contempt for a divinity
    • A. instigation
    • B. profaneness
    • C. liniment
    • D. omphalos

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