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[hwair-in, wair-]
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  1. in what or in which.
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  1. in what way or respect?
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Origin of wherein

First recorded in 1200–50, wherein is from the Middle English word wherin. See where, in
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how, where

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  • He was consulting a small note-book, wherein he jotted down some figures.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • I will show them wherein they have erred, and that transgression stands in the way to life.


    James Anthony Froude

  • So they all came into the great plain, wherein I lived, the name of which was Asochis.

  • His lonely hour had come to him, his dark hour wherein none could bear him company.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • And wherein have you detected in me this power, that you pass so severe a sentence upon me?

British Dictionary definitions for wherein


  1. in what place or respect?
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  1. in which place, thing, etc
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Word Origin and History for wherein


early 13c., from where + in. Cf. Dutch waarin, German worin, Swedish vari, Danish hvori.

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