- 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 amp; 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 â€œWherefore art thou Romeo?â€ (Act 2, scene 2, line 33) is not â€œWhere are you, Romeo?â€ but â€œWhy are you Romeo?â€ (i.e. â€œWhy did you have to be a Montague?â€).
- An intent or purpose; a why.
From Middle English wherfor, wherfore, hwarfore, equivalent to where (â€œ=whatâ€) +â€Ž for. Compare Dutch waarvoor (â€œwhat for, whereforeâ€), German wofÃ¼r (â€œfor what, what for, whyâ€), Danish and Norwegian hvorfor (â€œwherefore, whyâ€), Swedish varfÃ¶r (â€œwherefore, whyâ€). More at where, for.