[hwair-fawr, -fohr, wair-]
- the cause or reason: to study the whys and wherefores of a situation.
Origin of wherefore
2. See therefore.
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Examples from the Web for wherefore
Wherefore we must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
If thou art not, wherefore are the outcasts of the world so dear to thee?
Wherefore this caution against me, but (pardon me) for thine own undoing?
Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
Wherefore I returned them my humble thanks and offered my humble service.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
- (usually plural) an explanation or reason (esp in the phrase the whys and wherefores)
- archaic for what reason? why?
- archaic, or formal for which reason: used as an introductory word in legal preambles
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Word Origin and History for wherefore
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with wherefore
see whys and wherefores.
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