[hwair-fawr, -fohr, wair-]
Archaic. for what? why?
for that cause or reason: Wherefore let us be grateful.
the cause or reason: to study the whys and wherefores of a situation.

1150–1200; Middle English; see where, for

where, wherefore (see usage note at where).

2. See therefore.
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wherefore (ˈwɛəˌfɔː)
1.  (usually plural) an explanation or reason (esp in the phrase the whys and wherefores)
2.  archaic for what reason? why?
sentence connector
3.  archaic, formal or for which reason: used as an introductory word in legal preambles

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see whys and wherefores.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Wherefore it is ever the aim of the sagacious journalist to foster that sense of personal participation.
Wherefore, the present time is the true time for establishing it.
Wherefore, it is requested that the court review the motion to compel, response and reply and rule on the issues set forth above.
Wherefore, he cannot do some things for the very reason that he is omnipotent.
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