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Synonyms for why

that which provides a reason or justification

a fact or circumstance that gives logical support to an assertion, claim, or proposal

Synonyms for why

the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase 'the whys and wherefores'


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Having to explain to a child the whys and wherefores of terrible things is hard for a parent
What I Can Do for Our Members: I want to be your eyes and ears in Washington on all things legislative and regulatory; to help you better understand the whys and wherefores of Congress and the Administration; to let Congress and the Administration know how you are transforming the nation's human service system; and to provide you with the tools to be successful human service advocates.
I admit that I have never been interested in using social media and have not given its whys and wherefores much thought.
Unless you go in for Education without Frontiers, unless you develop an enquiring mind, unless you opt for the intellectual world in place of the personal world and unless you follow the inductive method, you simply cannot gauge the social issues in their total perspectives, nor can you arrive at their whys and wherefores. And without taking this perspective and grasping the origins of their whys and wherefores, any attempt to engage in tracking social issues, not to speak of tackling them, would be a non- starter, ab initio and ipso facto.
Apparently the study will look at the whys and wherefores of tunneling under the Woodhead Pass between Sheffield and Manchester - just over the top of Holme Moss.
The whys and wherefores of the politiciansAE desire to censor the press are borne from the fact that, in the age before the technological revolution, power over the press meant the ability to control virtually the only means by which information could be disseminated en masse.
Despite the story's frenzied activity, we're forever pausing so the Shadowhunters can fill Clarissa in on supernatural whys and wherefores. Too talky by half, it's my suspicion that even the target audience of teenage girls will quickly switch off.
Lee Hall's inspiring and inspired play is full of passion for art, debate about its whys and wherefores and the effects of art on those whose lives it touches and sometimes transforms.
"As they say in this game, the table doesn't lie but it's only December and we shall judge the whys and wherefores come May.
TALKING HEADS is one of those shows that can set you thinking about the whys and wherefores of art and lets you wonder who gets to be hung on walls of a gallery.
For reasons known only to middleaged male scriptwriters, she gives Jesse spontaneous hugs and sends him classical music mix-tapes along with handwritten letters discussing the whys and wherefores of James Joyce.
After that first tournament, we Pakistani players have not been invited back to play in the IPL and I don't really want to go into the whys and wherefores of that, but I do feel that sportsmen shouldn't suffer due to 'outside' matters and Pakistani cricketers should be included in the IPL," Pak Passion quoted him, as Akmal, as saying.
Conservation and whaling are the issues at stake, but don't expect any great debate about the whys and wherefores. Perhaps that doesn't matter at this stage--enough maybe to engage young readers with a rip-roaring story, which might just lead to further questioning later on.
This collection of essays investigates the whys and wherefores of history used as a means of waging contemporary conflict in Ireland and Australia.
But whatever the whys and wherefores, Morbid Angel still kill it live.