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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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  • None of these apparently were armed, whereas the Swazis all carried sticks.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley Bertram Mitford
  • For whereas three candidates were in nomination, the ballots were forming but two piles.

  • It is the second thus adorned, but whereas the first had been empty, this was charged with plum-pudding.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • She defended the weak because they were weak, whereas he would have had her defend the truth because it was the truth.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • whereas in an English Line, there is hardly ever more than two Syllables in a foot.

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.

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