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1. For what purpose or reason; why.
A purpose or cause: wanted to know all the whys and wherefores.
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(usually plural) an explanation or reason (esp in the phrase the whys and wherefores)
archaic for what reason? why?
(Law) archaic or formal for which reason: used as an introductory word in legal preambles
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where•fore(ˈʰwɛərˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr, ˈwɛər-)
1. for that cause or reason: Wherefore let us be grateful.
2. Archaic. for what? why?n.
3. the cause or reason: to study the whys and wherefores of a situation.
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|Noun||1.||wherefore - the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'|
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1. That which provides a reason or justification:
Idiom: why and wherefore.
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wherefore(archaic) [ˈwɛəfɔːʳ] (also liter)
B. N = why C
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adv (obs) → warum, weswegen
conj (obs) → weswegen
n ? why N
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