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The Collaborative Dictionary

Wherewithal \Where`with*al"\, adv. & n. Wherewith. "Wherewithal shall we be clothed?" --Matt. vi.
[1913 Webster] Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? --Ps. cxix.
[1913 Webster] [The builders of Babel], still with vain design, New Babels, had they wherewithal, would build. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wherewithal n : the necessary means (especially financial means) adv : out of, or by means of which; "tools wherewith to scrape the windshield of my car" [syn: wherewith]

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  1. The ability, and the necessary financial means, to accomplish some task.
    I would like to help your project, but I do not have the wherewithal.


  • 1986, David Leavitt, The Lost Language of Cranes, Penguin, paperback edition, page 67
    "I just can't imagine," Philip said, "having that kind of self-knowledge, that kind of...wherewithal at fifteen.[...]"


The ability, and the necessary financial means, to accomplish some task

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