Wherefore definition

wârfôr, hwâr-
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(archaic) For what reason or purpose? why?

Wherefore are you angry?

adverb
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For which.

The reason wherefore we have met.

conjunction
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Therefore.
adverb
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For what purpose or reason; why.
adverb
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A purpose or cause.

Wanted to know all the whys and wherefores.

noun
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The reason; cause.

Never mind the why and wherefore.

noun
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On account of which; because of which; therefore.

We are victorious, wherefore let us rejoice.

conjunction
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Wherefore means the reason.

An example of a wherefore is the cause of a disaster; the cost and wherefore of a disaster.

noun
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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."

conjunction
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(conjunctive, archaic) Why, for what reason, because of what.
adverb
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(conjunctive, archaic or formal) Therefore.
adverb
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(archaic) Because of which.

conjunction
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An intent or purpose; a why.
noun
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
wherefore
Plural:
wherefores

Origin of wherefore

  • From Middle English wherfor, wherfore, hwarfore, equivalent to where (“=what") +"Ž for. Compare Dutch waarvoor (“what for, wherefore"), German wofür (“for what, what for, why"), Danish and Norwegian hvorfor (“wherefore, why"), Swedish varför (“wherefore, why"). More at where, for.

    From Wiktionary