Wherewithal vs Resource - What's the difference?

wherewithal | resource |

As nouns the difference between wherewithal and resource

is that wherewithal is the ability and means required to accomplish some task while resource is something that one uses to achieve an objective, eg raw materials or personnel.

As an adverb wherewithal

is (archaic) in what way; how.

As a verb resource is

to supply with s.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • The ability and means required to accomplish some task.
  • * I would like to help your project, but I do not have the wherewithal .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=December 15 , author=Felicity Cloake , title=How to cook the perfect nut roast , work=Guardian citation , page= , passage=Christmas queen Mary Berry's aubergine five-nut roast, from her Christmas Collection, is, as the name suggests, rather more focused on the nut side of things. Breadcrumbs play second fiddle to a medley of almonds, Brazils, chestnuts, pine nuts and pistachios which, although tangy with lemon juice and garlic, is outrageously dense. A single slice of this could leave you supine in front of the Queen's speech without even the wherewithal to reach for the remote control.}}
  • * 1986 , , Penguin, paperback edition, page 67:
  • "I just can't imagine," Philip said, "having that kind of self-knowledge, that kind of...wherewithal at fifteen.[...]"


  • (archaic) In what way; how.
  • * 1662 , , Psalm 119:9,
  • Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?



    (en noun)
  • Something that one uses to achieve an objective, e.g. raw materials or personnel.
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=September-October, author= Michael Sivak
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= Will AC Put a Chill on the Global Energy Supply? , passage=Nevertheless, it is clear that the global energy demand for air-conditioning will grow substantially as nations become more affluent,
  • A person's capacity to deal with difficulty.
  • * , chapter=17
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything. In a moment she had dropped to the level of a casual labourer.}}

    Derived terms

    * resourceful * human resources * natural resource * renewable resource * subresource

    See also

    * means


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  • To supply with s.
  • * {{quote-book, 1999, Keith Ballard, Inclusive Education citation
  • , passage=All children receive it and, for the most part, do so in institutions that are approved by the state and, to a greater or lesser extent, resourced by the state.}}


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