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English Dictionary: whereas by the DICT Development Group
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Whereas \Where*as"\, adv.
      At which place; where. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
               At last they came whereas that lady bode. --Spenser.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Whereas \Where*as"\, conj.
      1. Considering that; it being the case that; since; -- used
            to introduce a preamble which is the basis of
            declarations, affirmations, commands, requests, or like,
            that follow.
      2. When in fact; while on the contrary; the case being in
            truth that; although; -- implying opposition to something
            that precedes; or implying recognition of facts, sometimes
            followed by a different statement, and sometimes by
            inferences or something consequent.
                     Are not those found to be the greatest zealots who
                     are most notoriously ignorant? whereas true zeal
                     should always begin with true knowledge. --Sprat.
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