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[hwair-az, wair-]
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  1. while on the contrary: One arrived promptly, whereas the others hung back.
  2. it being the case that, or considering that (used especially in formal preambles).
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noun, plural where·as·es.
  1. 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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  1. (coordinating) but on the other handI like to go swimming whereas Sheila likes to sail
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  1. (in formal documents to begin sentences) it being the case that; since
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Word Origin and History for whereas


mid-14c., "where;" early 15c., "in consideration of the fact that," from where + as.

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