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whereas

[ wair-az, hwair- ]
/ wɛərˈæz, ʰwɛər- /
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conjunction
while on the contrary: One arrived promptly, whereas the others hung back.
it being the case that, or considering that (used especially in formal preambles).
noun, plural where·as·es.
a qualifying or introductory statement, especially one having “whereas” as the first word: to read the whereases in the will.
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Origin of whereas

1300–50; Middle English wheras;see where, as1
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How to use whereas in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for whereas

whereas
/ (wɛərˈæz) /

conjunction
(coordinating) but on the other handI like to go swimming whereas Sheila likes to sail
sentence connector
(in formal documents to begin sentences) it being the case that; since
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