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wherein

[hwair-in, wair-] /ʰwɛərˈɪn, wɛər-/
conjunction
1.
in what or in which.
adverb
2.
in what way or respect?
Origin of wherein
1200-1250
First recorded in 1200-50, wherein is from the Middle English word wherin. See where, in
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  • He was consulting a small note-book, wherein he jotted down some figures.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • I will show them wherein they have erred, and that transgression stands in the way to life.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • So they all came into the great plain, wherein I lived, the name of which was Asochis.

    The Life of Flavius Josephus Flavius Josephus
  • His lonely hour had come to him, his dark hour wherein none could bear him company.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • And wherein have you detected in me this power, that you pass so severe a sentence upon me?

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
British Dictionary definitions for wherein

wherein

/wɛərˈɪn/
adverb
1.
in what place or respect?
pronoun
2.
in which place, thing, etc
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Word Origin and History for wherein
adv.

early 13c., from where + in. Cf. Dutch waarin, German worin, Swedish vari, Danish hvori.

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