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wherefore

[hwair-fawr, -fohr, wair-] /ˈʰwɛərˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈwɛər-/
adverb
1.
Archaic. for what? why?
2.
for that cause or reason:
Wherefore let us be grateful.
noun
3.
the cause or reason:
to study the whys and wherefores of a situation.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English; see where, for
Can be confused
where, wherefore (see usage note at where)
Synonyms
2. See therefore.
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  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for wherefore

wherefore

/ˈwɛəˌfɔː/
noun
1.
(usually pl) an explanation or reason (esp in the phrase the whys and wherefores)
adverb
2.
(archaic) for what reason? why?
sentence connector
3.
(archaic or formal) for which reason: used as an introductory word in legal preambles
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Word Origin and History for wherefore
adv.

c.1200, hwarfore, from where + for. Cf. Dutch waarvoor, Old Norse hvar fyrir, Swedish varfor.

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