1. conjunction /ʍɛːɹˈæz/
a) In contrast; whilst on the contrary

He came first in the race whereas his brother came last.

b) It being the fact that

And Whereas it hath pleased the Great Governor of the World to incline the hearts of the legislatures we respectively represent in Congress, to approve of, and to authorize us to ratify the said Articles of Confederation and perpetual Union. (United States Articles of Confederation)

2. noun /ʍɛːɹˈæz/
A clause, as in legal documents, stating whereas.

...the promise is stated after a whereas, though the promise is the very gist of the action, yet, such a count so framed, will be held good on demurrer.

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