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wherewithal

[hwair-with-awl, -with-, wair-] /ˈʰwɛər wɪðˌɔl, -wɪθ-, ˈwɛər-/
noun
1.
that with which to do something; means or supplies for the purpose or need, especially money:
the wherewithal to pay my rent.
adverb
2.
by means of which; out of which.
3.
Archaic. wherewith.
pronoun
4.
Origin of wherewithal
1525-1535
1525-35; where + withal
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  • The omission provided Brigade Headquarters with the wherewithal to drink the major's health.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • If he found gold, he should have the wherewithal to get in there and back without my help.

    Valley of the Croen Lee Tarbell
  • In Paris one can always obtain the wherewithal to carry out an idea.

    In Vanity Fair Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • Before satisfying needs you must create the wherewithal to satisfy them.

    The Conquest of Bread Peter Kropotkin
  • And she had wherewithal to buy wares of likely chapmen, and to treat men-at-arms and others to wine and banquet.

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
British Dictionary definitions for wherewithal

wherewithal

noun (ˈwɛəwɪðˌɔːl)
1.
the wherewithal, necessary funds, resources, or equipment (for something or to do something): these people lack the wherewithal for a decent existence
pronoun (ˌwɛəwɪðˈɔːl)
2.
a less common word for wherewith (sense 1), wherewith (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for wherewithal
adv.

"means by which," 1530s, from where + withal. The noun is first recorded 1809.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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