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[hwair-with-awl, -with-, wair-] /ˈʰwɛər wɪðˌɔl, -wɪθ-, ˈwɛər-/
that with which to do something; means or supplies for the purpose or need, especially money:
the wherewithal to pay my rent.
by means of which; out of which.
Archaic. wherewith.
Origin of wherewithal
1525-35; where + withal Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for wherewithal
  • Cats do not have the genetic wherewithal to manufacture certain amino acids.
  • And with your mind racing as danger hits, you are not going to have the time or wherewithal to figure out which ones you need.
  • High oil prices give petro-economies the wherewithal to counter discontent by dispensing largesse.
  • But economists know that the only reason for exporting is to earn the wherewithal to import.
  • And that provides the wherewithal to pay cricketers more than they have ever been paid before.
  • The duo focused on mortgages to borrowers with good credit scores and the wherewithal to put down a deposit.
  • They gave him the psychological wherewithal to function.
  • But skills gaps-employed workers who lack the wherewithal to do their jobs properly-are prevalent.
  • The ones who do are those that have already proven they can live that long and have the physiological wherewithal to reproduce.
  • In an age of space travel, anyone with the wherewithal has presumably gone away.
British Dictionary definitions for wherewithal


noun (ˈwɛəwɪðˌɔːl)
the wherewithal, necessary funds, resources, or equipment (for something or to do something): these people lack the wherewithal for a decent existence
pronoun (ˌwɛəwɪðˈɔːl)
a less common word for wherewith (sense 1), wherewith (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for wherewithal

"means by which," 1530s, from where + withal. The noun is first recorded 1809.

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