What does whereby mean?

Definitions for wherebyʰwɛərˈbaɪ, wɛər-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word whereby.


  1. whereby(Adverb)

    By what, in which direction; how

  2. whereby(Adverb)

    By which.

  3. whereby(Adverb)


  4. Origin: From where + by.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whereby(adverb)

    by which; -- used relatively

  2. Whereby(adverb)

    by what; how; -- used interrogatively

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whereby' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4721

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whereby' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3668

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'whereby' in Adverbs Frequency: #297


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whereby in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whereby in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Laurence J. Peter:

    Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.

  2. Frank McKinney Hubbard:

    Litigation A form of hell whereby money is transferred from the pockets of the proletariat to that of lawyers.

  3. Saint Thomas Aquinas:

    Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in circumstances confronting him.

  4. Robert South:

    Speech was given to the ordinary sort of men, whereby to communicate their mind but to wise men, whereby to conceal it.

  5. Aldous Huxley:

    Art is one of the means whereby man seeks to redeem a life which is experienced as chaotic, senseless, and largely evil.

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