[hwair-az, wair-]


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.

Nearby words

  1. where's the fire,
  2. where've,
  3. whereabout,
  4. whereabouts,
  5. whereafter,
  6. whereat,
  7. whereby,
  8. wherefore,
  9. wherefores,
  10. wherefrom

Origin of whereas

1300–50; Middle English wheras; see where, as1

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British Dictionary definitions for whereas



(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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Word Origin and History for whereas



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

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