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Meaning of wherefore

where•fore

Pronunciation: (hwâr'fôr", -fōr", wâr'-), [key]
— adv.
  1. for what? why?
  2. for that cause or reason: Wherefore let us be grateful.
—n.
  1. the cause or reason: to study the whys and wherefores of a situation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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