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Meaning of WHEREAS

Pronunciation:  wehr'az

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Where*as"\, adv.
    At which place; where. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    
          At last they came whereas that lady bode. --Spenser.
    
    
  2. \Where*as"\, conj.
    1. Considering that; it being the case that; since; -- used
       to introduce a preamble which is the basis of
       declarations, affirmations, commands, requests, or like,
       that follow.
    
    2. When in fact; while on the contrary; the case being in
       truth that; although; -- implying opposition to something
       that precedes; or implying recognition of facts, sometimes
       followed by a different statement, and sometimes by
       inferences or something consequent.
    
             Are not those found to be the greatest zealots who
             are most notoriously ignorant? whereas true zeal
             should always begin with true knowledge. --Sprat.
    
    
 

 

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