wherewithal

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wherewithal (countable and uncountable, plural wherewithals)

  1. The ability and means required to accomplish some task.
    • I would like to help your project, but I do not have the wherewithal.
    • 2011 December 15, Felicity Cloake, “How to cook the perfect nut roast”, Guardian:
      Christmas queen Mary Berry's aubergine five-nut roast, from her Christmas Collection, is, as the name suggests, rather more focused on the nut side of things. Breadcrumbs play second fiddle to a medley of almonds, Brazils, chestnuts, pine nuts and pistachios which, although tangy with lemon juice and garlic, is outrageously dense. A single slice of this could leave you supine in front of the Queen's speech without even the wherewithal to reach for the remote control.
    • 1986, David Leavitt, The Lost Language of Cranes, Penguin, paperback edition, page 67:
      "I just can't imagine," Philip said, "having that kind of self-knowledge, that kind of...wherewithal at fifteen.[...]"

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wherewithal (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) In what way; how.

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