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wherefores

See definition of wherefores on Dictionary.com
  • as injustification
  • as inproof
  • as inreason
  • as inreason
  • as ingrounds

synonyms for wherefores

  • apology
  • approval
  • argument
  • basis
  • confirmation
  • explanation
  • pretext
  • rationale
  • rationalization
  • vindication
  • absolution
  • account
  • acquittal
  • advocacy
  • answer
  • apologia
  • cop-out
  • defense
  • exculpation
  • exoneration
  • extenuation
  • grounds
  • idea
  • mitigation
  • palliation
  • palliative
  • plea
  • rebuttal
  • reply
  • response
  • sanctification
  • story
  • support
  • validation
  • warrant
  • wherefore
  • raison d'être
  • song and dance
  • whatfor
  • whitewashing
  • whole idea
  • why and wherefore

antonyms for wherefores

MOST RELEVANT
  • charge
  • indictment
  • opposition
  • question
  • request
  • sentence
  • hypothesis
  • theory
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How to use wherefores in a sentence

Franz ceased pondering whys and wherefores and lost himself in watching.
RESCUE DOG OF THE HIGH PASSJAMES ARTHUR KJELGAARD
A great many things are plain after you know the whys and wherefores.
THE PANSY MAGAZINE, JUNE 1886VARIOUS
I wasted no precious time in pondering the whys and the wherefores.
THE FIREFLY OF FRANCEMARION POLK ANGELLOTTI
I make no attempt to go into the whys and wherefores of it all, nor do I offer an explanation.
EDGAR SALTUS: THE MANMARIE SALTUS
But I've got to have whys and wherefores; I've always had to have them.
THE QUICKENINGFRANCIS LYNDE
The papers, drawn in Colonel Cope's best legal style, all fringed and trimmed with whereases and wherefores, waited—and waited.
BACK HOMEIRVIN S. COBB
He didnt know all the whys and wherefores, but it was sufficient that Bob seemed too deep in the toils to extricate himself.
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTHFREDERIC S. ISHAM
And we don't put that sort of a message under whereases and wherefores.
THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF WALTER H. PAGE, VOLUME IBURTON J. HENDRICK
You could always hold your tongue, David, and you can easily leave all the whys and wherefores to me.
THE LEATHERWOOD GODWILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS
The least among us will utter his whys and his wherefores, a fine pain unknown to the brute beast.
THE LIFE OF THE FLYJ. HENRI FABRE
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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