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whereas (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Where (that)
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, I.iii:
      And home she came, whereas her mother blynd / Sate in eternall night []



  1. In contrast; whilst on the contrary.
    He came first in the race whereas his brother came last.
  2. (chiefly law) It being the fact that; inasmuch as
    • United States Articles of Confederation
      And Whereas it hath pleased the Great Governor of the World to incline the hearts of the legislatures we respectively represent in Congress, to approve of, and to authorize us to ratify the said Articles of Confederation and perpetual Union.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Whereas is used in the second sense principally in legal documents, formal resolutions of corporate bodies, etc.


See also[edit]

Here-, there- and where- words
here hereabout hereabouts hereafter hereat herebefore hereby herefore herefrom herein hereinafter hereinbefore hereinto hereof hereon hereto heretofore hereunder hereunto hereupon herewith herewithal
there thereabout thereabouts thereafter thereagain thereagainst thereamong therearound thereas thereat therebefore therebeside thereby therefore therefrom therein thereinafter thereinbefore thereinto thereof thereon thereto theretofore thereunder thereunto thereupon therewith therewithal
where whereabout whereabouts whereafter whereagainst whereamong whereas whereat whereby wherefore wherefrom wherein whereinafter whereinbefore whereinto whereof whereon whereto wheretofore whereunder whereunto whereupon wherewith wherewithal


whereas (plural whereases)

  1. A clause, as in legal documents, stating whereas.
    • 1883, The Insurance Law Journal, Potter and Company:
      [] the promise is stated after a whereas, though the promise is the very gist of the action, yet, such a count so framed, will be held good on demurrer.
    • 1908, United States Congress, Hearings beginning March 9, 1908 – April 30, 1908:
      It had a page or so of whereases.
    • 1961, Aluminum Workers' International Union, Biennial Convention:
      I feel it is most unfortunate that some of the preambles, prefaces, whereases or whatever you want to call it, are put before motions or before resolutions []
    • 1973, Canadian Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, Proceedings:
      If it is the desire of any Lodge on the floor that the whereases that were listed in their original Resolution be quoted by the Chairman or by the Secretary []