Definition of whereas in English:



  • 1In contrast or comparison with the fact that.

    ‘you treat the matter lightly, whereas I myself was never more serious’
    • ‘Berti wants as many of them as possible, whereas I deliberately minimised them.’
    • ‘Now that's brave, whereas sitting here with cancer, typing a magazine article, is not.’
    • ‘Her car had been found on the Yorkshire moors, whereas she'd reappeared about fifty miles from there.’
    • ‘Someone in prison is still able to contribute something to society whereas someone executed cannot.’
    • ‘We have natural light whereas working underground we had artificial light.’
    • ‘A nonalignable difference is that a bus has a schedule whereas a bicycle does not.’
    • ‘We can make this in minutes; whereas previously it would take hours to make this part.’
    • ‘The port was well fortified and defended, whereas the Vendéans had no siege train.’
    • ‘Cooking for me is like putting on a show - I like to improvise, whereas Nicky is much more precise.’
    • ‘A dark room will trigger less light, whereas a bright room will drive more light output.’
    • ‘At the beginning of this debate Stephen said that he thinks that he is a positivist, whereas I am a Platonist.’
    • ‘To the north, the second lava unit is by far the thickest, whereas the older unit is only 2 m thick.’
    • ‘It is possible for the non-bidding team to win the game if they reach the target whereas the bidders are still below it.’
    • ‘This measure of right and left has not changed in hundreds of years, whereas specific policies have.’
    • ‘He lived through his era, whereas so many of his friends died in racing accidents.’
    • ‘She's the one who is moving on whereas her parents are stuck with the story, are stuck in the past.’
    • ‘Nanjing has also in the past been the capital of China, whereas now Beijing has that role.’
    • ‘It was based on polar coordinates whereas earlier instruments were based on cartesian coordinates.’
    • ‘The Arctic is an ocean basin with peripheral continents, whereas the Antarctic is continental.’
    • ‘The supernatant was kept in stock whereas the residue was sequentially extracted three times.’
    1. 1.1(especially in legal preambles) taking into consideration the fact that.
      • ‘Negligence depends on a breach of duty, whereas contributory negligence does not.’
      • ‘The desks have damaged the walls, whereas a more appropriate choice could have prevented such damage.’
      • ‘The restoration procedure is discretionary, whereas the challenge to the forfeiture is not.’
      • ‘Thus Mr Smith is now the respondent to this appeal, whereas Mr Clark was the claimant below.’


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