wherewithal [ hwair-with-awl, -with-, wair- ]
1. that with which to do something; means or supplies for the purpose or need, especially money: the wherewithal to pay my rent.
2. by means of which; out of which.
3. Archaic. wherewith.
WORDS RELATED TO WHEREWITHAL
financing, wealth, means, funds, money, finances, resources, assets
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Origin: First recorded in 1525–35; where + withal
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR WHEREWITHAL
Somebody maybe doesn't have the wherewithal to get out, the means to get out—I had that.
HARSH TRUTHS ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: WHY VOICING TERRIBLE EXPERIENCES CAN HELP OTHERS|LIZZIE CROCKER|SEPTEMBER 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I lack the wherewithal to start my own competing certifying board, to say nothing of the chutzpah.
RAND PAUL AND THE CERTIFICATION RACKET|RUSSELL SAUNDERS|AUGUST 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Those who have the wherewithal to shop online with greater ease and frequency have a greater ability to avoid sales taxes.
THREE CHEERS FOR THE INTERNET TAX!|DANIEL GROSS|APRIL 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The British middle class no longer had servants--but they also lacked the wherewithal to obtain fancy new appliances.
AMERICAN HOUSEHOLD GADGET EXCEPTIONALISM|MEGAN MCARDLE|FEBRUARY 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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