1. While by contrast; although (McWilliams was stopped at 10:08 p.m. wearing a green hat, whereas the assailant had been identified at 10:04 p.m. wearing a black hat).

2. Given the fact that; since (Whereas, the parties have found that their 1994 agreement did not adequately address incidental expenses …; and Whereas, the parties have now decided in an equitable sharing of those expenses …; Now, Therefore, the parties agree to amend the 1994 agreement as follows …). • In sense 2, whereas is used to introduce contractual recitals and the like, but modern drafters increasingly prefer a simple heading, such as “Recitals” or “Preamble,” and in that way avoid the legalistic whereases. — whereas (recital or preamble), n.