Dear All,

In this video,

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at 5:44, one of the actors says:

"yet he is this incredibly powerful figure who has the wherewithal to dispense justice"

Sounds like a bit of an unusual word, wherewithal. How would you normally use it?

Thank you!

Perfect StrangerSounds like a bit of an unusual word, wherewithal. How would you normally use it?

It is not an unusual word. The actor has used it a bit awkwardly, I am sure because he didn't want to say "power" having just said "powerful". It normally refers to money, but it definitely should refer to resources. "I didn't have the wherewithal to get a new car this year."

wherewithal means all that is necessary to do something.

It often refers to money,

eg I don't have the wherewithal to rent a hotel room..

but consider this example.
eg I don't have the wherewithal to change a tire on my car. I have a lug-wrench but I don't have a jack.


Clive