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Nov 16, 2010
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in situ
wherefore
ex gratia
therewithal
in toto

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wherefore

PRONUNCIATION:
(HWAIR-for)

MEANING:
adverb: For what reason?
noun: Reason or purpose.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English, a combination of where + for. The word often appears in the phrase "the whys and wherefores (of something)", meaning its reasons. First recorded use: c. 1200.

USAGE:
"Love is the most dunderheaded of all the passions; it never will listen to reason. The very rudiments of logic are unknown to it. 'Love has no wherefore,' says one of the Latin poets."
Edward Bulwer-Lytton; Kenelm Chillingly; 1873.

See more usage examples of wherefore in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it. -J.M. Barrie, novelist and playwright (1860-1937)

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