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[hwair-az, wair-] /ʰwɛərˈæz, wɛər-/
while on the contrary:
One arrived promptly, whereas the others hung back.
it being the case that, or considering that (used especially in formal preambles).
noun, plural whereases.
a qualifying or introductory statement, especially one having “whereas” as the first word:
to read the whereases in the will.
Origin of whereas
1300-50; Middle English wheras; see where, as1 Unabridged
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  • whereas according to the sad and orthodox theories of translation, neither of these truths should be true.
  • Nature has no lines, whereas drawing almost always contains lines.
  • Large parental age differences increase the risk for psychiatric disorders, whereas other environmental factors decrease risk.
  • But either way, it didn't look at all right to me, whereas the conclusions in this paper seem more reasonable.
  • We've found that the purples are deepest in color when harvested on the younger side, whereas the yellows mature into brightness.
  • Everybody thinks it's how something looks, whereas for me, design is pretty much everything.
  • Complex systems can only be built step by step, whereas destruction requires but an instant.
  • whereas the guild and its members, understandably, want to do profit maximization.
  • whereas neuroticism tends to make for gloomy types, extroversion does the opposite.
  • Many of the eggs may not make it to reproductive age, whereas an adult can actively reproduce.
British Dictionary definitions for whereas


(coordinating) but on the other hand: I like to go swimming whereas Sheila likes to sail
sentence connector
(in formal documents to begin sentences) it being the case that; since
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Word Origin and History for whereas

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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