I. conjunction Date: 13th century by, through, or in accordance with which II. adverb Date: 14th century obsolete by what ; how

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  • Whereby — Where*by , adv. [1913 Webster] 1. By which; used relatively. You take my life when you take the means whereby I life. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. By what; how; used interrogatively. [1913 Webster] Whereby shall I know this? Luke i. 18. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whereby — index hereby, thereby Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 whereby …   Law dictionary

  • whereby — meaning ‘by what or which means’, is one of a dwindling number of where forms still in common use. It is especially useful in attaching an explanatory statement to a noun or noun phrase: • The ‘ratchet effect’ in politics, whereby the right seems …   Modern English usage

  • whereby — [hwerbī′, werbī′] adv. Archaic by what? how? [whereby did you expect to profit?] conj. by which; by means of which [a device whereby to make money] …   English World dictionary

  • whereby — c.1200, from WHERE (Cf. where) + BY (Cf. by) …   Etymology dictionary

  • whereby — ► ADVERB ▪ by which …   English terms dictionary

  • whereby — 01. The union has negotiated a deal [whereby] we will get a slight increase in salary and additional benefits. 02. Our medical system, [whereby] citizens pay monthly premiums, and then receive largely free health care, is considered by many to be …   Grammatical examples in English

  • whereby — [[t](h)weə(r)ba͟ɪ[/t]] PRON REL A system or action whereby something happens is one that makes that thing happen. [FORMAL] The system whereby Britons choose their family doctors and the government pays those doctors, has been reasonably… …   English dictionary

  • whereby — adverb /wɛəˈbaɪ/ a) By which. Other heads saw devolution as a whole new way of life and adopted an approach whereby the power of devolution was used to enable the school to drive the curriculum. b) Where. This is an electronic system whereby… …   Wiktionary

  • whereby — where|by [ wer baı, hwer baı ] adverb FORMAL * used for saying that something is done according to the method, arrangement, rule, etc. that has been referred to: a regulation whereby an employer is held responsible for any accident There is a… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whereby */ — UK [weə(r)ˈbaɪ] / US [werˈbaɪ] / US [hwerˈbaɪ] adverb formal used for saying that something is done according to the method, arrangement, rule etc that has been referred to There is a standard method whereby officers are selected for promotion. a …   English dictionary

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