- 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).
- a qualifying or introductory statement, especially one having “whereas” as the first word: to read the whereases in the will.
Origin of whereas
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Examples from the Web for whereas
“Personal hotspots can get speeds of up to 60 Mb/s down, whereas hotel Wi-Fi can be as slow as 1.5 Mb/s,” Sesar said.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security
December 31, 2014
But whereas we used to be satisfied gazing on that perfection as it stood up on a pedestal, now we want it down among us.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
December 31, 2014
Whereas other brands purchase their barrels from big producers more or less off the rack, The Macallan starts in the forest.How Much Do Whisky Casks Really Affect Taste?
December 10, 2014
Oh, and that his profile on Twitter and his name elsewhere say “Ian Miles Cheong” whereas mine says “Arthur Chu.”Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up
November 17, 2014
Japanese distillers often use a combination of different types of stills and different casks, whereas the Scots cannot.Watch Out, Scotland! Japanese Whisky Is on the Rise
November 16, 2014
For whereas three candidates were in nomination, the ballots were forming but two piles.Quaint Courtships
She defended the weak because they were weak, whereas he would have had her defend the truth because it was the truth.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Whereas them medical doctors' wives don't flop—catch 'em at it!A Tale of Two Cities
Whereas, my poor mamma, everything is ended when one gets old.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Love has been with you the sole end of love; whereas it ought to be the beginning of power.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- (coordinating) but on the other handI like to go swimming whereas Sheila likes to sail
- (in formal documents to begin sentences) it being the case that; since
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Word Origin and History for whereas
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