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wherefore

[ hwair-fawr, -fohr, wair- ]
/ ˈʰwɛərˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈwɛər- /
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adverb

Archaic. for what? why?
for that cause or reason: Wherefore let us be grateful.

noun

the cause or reason: to study the whys and wherefores of a situation.

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Origin of wherefore

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at where, for

synonym study for wherefore

2. See therefore.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH wherefore

where, wherefore
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British Dictionary definitions for wherefore

wherefore
/ (ˈwɛəˌfɔː) /

noun

(usually plural) an explanation or reason (esp in the phrase the whys and wherefores)

adverb

archaic for what reason? why?

sentence connector

archaic, or formal for which reason: used as an introductory word in legal preambles
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Idioms and Phrases with wherefore

wherefore

see whys and wherefores.

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