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wherewithal

[hwair-with-awl, -with-, wair-] /ˈʰwɛər wɪðˌɔl, -wɪθ-, ˈwɛər-/
noun
1.
that with which to do something; means or supplies for the purpose or need, especially money:
the wherewithal to pay my rent.
adverb
2.
by means of which; out of which.
3.
Archaic. wherewith.
pronoun
4.
Origin of wherewithal
1525-1535
1525-35; where + withal
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  • The omission provided Brigade Headquarters with the wherewithal to drink the major's health.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • You are poor and have not the wherewithal with which to nourish your mother.

  • In Paris one can always obtain the wherewithal to carry out an idea.

    In Vanity Fair Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • Those who had wherewithal to give in money or kind, had given.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • And she had wherewithal to buy wares of likely chapmen, and to treat men-at-arms and others to wine and banquet.

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
British Dictionary definitions for wherewithal

wherewithal

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

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

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