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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • conj. It being the fact that; inasmuch as.
  • conj. While at the same time.
  • conj. While on the contrary.
  • n. An introductory statement to a formal document; a preamble.
  • n. A conditional statement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Where (that).
  • conj. In contrast; whilst on the contrary.
  • conj. It being the fact that
  • conj. Inasmuch as
  • n. A clause, as in legal documents, stating whereas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. At which place; where.
  • conj. Considering that; it being the case that; since; -- used to introduce a preamble which is the basis of declarations, affirmations, commands, requests, or like, that follow.
  • conj. When in fact; while on the contrary; the case being in truth that; although; -- implying opposition to something that precedes; or implying recognition of facts, sometimes followed by a different statement, and sometimes by inferences or something consequent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The thing being so that; considering that things are so: implying an admission of facts, sometimes followed by a different statement, and sometimes by inference or something consequent, as in the preamble to a law or a resolution.
  • While on the contrary; the fact or case really being that; when in fact.
  • Where.

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