Definition of by (or in) virtue of in English:

by (or in) virtue of


  • Because or as a result of.

    ‘they achieved pre-eminence by virtue of superior military strength’
    ‘in virtue of his position he was impartial’
    • ‘The 64 runs that took him to 103 came by virtue of 14 fours and a six and a six and two singles.’
    • ‘Diana was a non-entity who achieved greatness through marriage, and by virtue of her beauty.’
    • ‘We felt kinda out of place here by virtue of not wearing polished shoes, smart pants and a designer shirt.’
    • ‘It occupied that place in virtue of a conceptual error.’
    • ‘If they are killed, they are at any rate killed in virtue of what they are doing.’
    because of, on account of, by reason of, by dint of, by means of, by way of, via, through, as a result of, as a consequence of, on the strength of, owing to, thanks to, due to, based on
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