[hwair-with-awl, -with-, wair-]
- that with which to do something; means or supplies for the purpose or need, especially money: the wherewithal to pay my rent.
- by means of which; out of which.
- Archaic. wherewith.
Origin of wherewithal
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Examples from the Web for wherewithal
Somebody maybe doesn't have the wherewithal to get out, the means to get out—I had that.Harsh Truths About Domestic Violence: Why Voicing Terrible Experiences Can Help Others
September 20, 2014
I lack the wherewithal to start my own competing certifying board, to say nothing of the chutzpah.Rand Paul and the Certification Racket
August 11, 2014
Those who have the wherewithal to shop online with greater ease and frequency have a greater ability to avoid sales taxes.Three Cheers for the Internet Tax!
April 24, 2013
The British middle class no longer had servants--but they also lacked the wherewithal to obtain fancy new appliances.American Household Gadget Exceptionalism
February 7, 2013
“Even if you had the wherewithal to embarrass a reporter, there was no mechanism to do it,” Mr. Cramer said.Richard Ben Cramer Dies at 62
January 8, 2013
You are poor and have not the wherewithal with which to nourish your mother.The Chinese Fairy Book
Those who had wherewithal to give in money or kind, had given.The Law-Breakers
She had nothing left for the evening, not even the wherewithal to buy a loaf.His Masterpiece
It's vexatious, when one has the wherewithal to pay for wetting his whistle!The Downfall
Or how could he be the richest of men who might even have to go begging, because he had not wherewithal to live?Eryxias
An Imitator of Plato
- the wherewithal necessary funds, resources, or equipment (for something or to do something)these people lack the wherewithal for a decent existence
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Word Origin and History for wherewithal
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