follow Dictionary.com

Is it sneaked or snuck?

whereas

[hwair-az, wair-] /ʰwɛərˈæz, wɛər-/
conjunction
1.
while on the contrary:
One arrived promptly, whereas the others hung back.
2.
it being the case that, or considering that (used especially in formal preambles).
noun, plural whereases.
3.
a qualifying or introductory statement, especially one having “whereas” as the first word:
to read the whereases in the will.
Origin of whereas
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English wheras; see where, as1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for whereas
British Dictionary definitions for whereas

whereas

/wɛərˈæz/
conjunction
1.
(coordinating) but on the other hand: I like to go swimming whereas Sheila likes to sail
sentence connector
2.
(in formal documents to begin sentences) it being the case that; since
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for whereas
conj.

mid-14c., "where;" early 15c., "in consideration of the fact that," from where + as.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for whereas

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for whereas

13
12
Scrabble Words With Friends