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Definitions for wherewithal
ˈʰwɛər wɪðˌɔl, -wɪθ-, ˈwɛər-wher·e·with·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wherewithalnoun

    the necessary means (especially financial means)


  1. wherewithalnoun

    The ability and means required to accomplish some task.

  2. wherewithaladverb

    In what way; how.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wherewith, Wherewithaladverb

    With which.

    Etymology: where and with, or withal.

    As for those things wherewith superstition worketh, polluted they are. Richard Hooker.

    Her bliss is all in pleasure and delight,
    Wherewith she makes her lovers drunken. Fairy Queen.

    Northumberland, thou ladder wherewithal
    The mounting Bolingbroke ascends my throne. William Shakespeare.

    In regard of the troubles wherewith this king was distressed in England, this army was not of sufficient strength to make an entire conquest of Ireland. John Davies, on Ireland.

    The builders of Babel, still with vain design,
    New Babels, had they wherewithal, would build. John Milton.

    You will have patience with a debtor, who has an inclination to pay you his obligations, if he had wherewithal ready about him. William Wycherley.

    The frequency, warmth and affection, wherewith they are proposed. John Rogers, Sermons.

    But it is impossible for a man, who openly declares against religion, to give any reasonable security that he will not be false and cruel, whenever a temptation offers, which he values more than he does the power wherewith he was trusted? Jonathan Swift.


  1. wherewithal

    Wherewithal refers to the necessary means, resources or money required to accomplish a specific purpose or task. It can be used in reference to both tangible items like funds and materials, as well as intangible ones such as the skills, knowledge, or strength that one needs to do something.

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  1. Wherewithal


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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wherewithal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wherewithal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of wherewithal in a Sentence

  1. Michael Sprung:

    In the long run, this is going to be a good thing for the companies that have the wherewithal to survive this.

  2. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

    I don't know if he has the wherewithal to go to Mrs. Clinton and say we're tired of all her stuff.

  3. Jeff Weaver:

    What it tells us is that Bernie has financial staying power, we have the financial wherewithal that will allow for a major campaign through Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada and beyond in state-by-state, delegate-by-delegate contests for the Democratic Party nomination.

  4. Craig Breslau:

    It is unusual to see some of these firms un-hedged, but it shows they think they have the financial wherewithal to handle the environment.

  5. Troy Thibodeau:

    He had the intelligence and wherewithal to start saving them, and he handed them down, eventually to three grandsons.

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    a white Southerner who supported Reconstruction policies after the American Civil War (usually for self-interest)
    • A. scalawag
    • B. ventricle
    • C. schlockmeister
    • D. maculation

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