[ hwair-az, wair- ]
/ ʰwɛərˈæz, wɛər- /


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.

Origin of whereas

1300–50; Middle English wheras; see where, as1
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/ (wɛərˈæz) /


(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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