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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. Malik Zulu Shabazz:

    The pro-Farrakhan activists used the day on Capitol Hill to denounce a resolution Rep. Todd Rokita, an Indiana Republican, proposed that condemns Farrakhan. We cannot allow a politically hypocritical political situation to exist whereas an openly racist president, Donald Trump is given a free pass and to spew racist venom and racist policies by a confederate based GOP.

  2. Townes Van Zandt:

    Aloneness is a state of being, whereas loneliness is a state of feeling. It's like the difference between being broke and being poor.

  3. Michael McCarthy:

    The big drag on the market has been a big fall in commodity prices, energy and materials, which account for up to one-third of the index, was down 12-13 percent this year, whereas in property and healthcare, we've seen 20 percent-plus rises.

  4. The Rev. Jesse Jackson:

    But if we're going to begin the healing process, the first step in that journey is my step, and I'm sorry. we heard the whereas.

  5. Tony Blair:

    I always, whenever I am in a country and theyve got the opportunity or possibility of hosting a sporting event, I say, Go for it, because whatever the challenges of putting it on, youll reach a different group of people. ... Diplomacy and politics and geostrategy and all of that stuff is for a limited number of people, whereas sport it goes right out into the grassroots of communities all around the world.

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    a fabric with a nap that is longer and softer than velvet
    • A. whirring
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