- Wherefore is defined as because, therefore or for which.
An example of wherefore used as a conjunction is in the phrase, "the reason wherefore we decided to see that movie."
- Wherefore means the reason.
An example of a wherefore is the cause of a disaster; the cost and wherefore of a disaster.
Origin of whereforeMiddle English hwarfore: see where and for
- for which: the reason wherefore we have met
- on account of which; because of which; therefore: we are victorious, wherefore let us rejoice
- For what purpose or reason; why.
- A common misconception is that wherefore means where; it has even been used in that sense in cartoon depictions of Romeo and Juliet, often played for comedic effect. In Romeo and Juliet, the meaning of “Wherefore art thou Romeo?" (Act 2, scene 2, line 33) is not “Where are you, Romeo?" but “Why are you Romeo?" (i.e. “Why did you have to be a Montague?").
- An intent or purpose; a why.