by virtue of

by virtue of something

because of something; due to something. She's permitted to vote by virtue of her age. They are members of the club by virtue of their great wealth.
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by virtue of something

(slightly formal)
because of Many people believe that he will avoid jail by virtue of his money and connections.
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by virtue of

Also in virtue of. On the grounds of, by reason of, as in By virtue of a large inheritance she could easily afford not to work. [Early 1300s]
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References in classic literature ?
Moreover, much about the same time as Firenzuola was writing, Botticelli's blonde, angular, retrousse women were breaking every one of that beauty- master's canons, perfect in beauty none the less; and lovers then, and perhaps particularly now, have found the perfect beauty in faces to which Messer Firenzuola would have denied the name of face at all, by virtue of a quality which indeed he has tabulated, but which is far too elusive and undefinable, too spiritual for him truly to have understood,--a quality which nowadays we are tardily recognising as the first and last of all beauty, either of nature or art,--the supreme, truly divine, because materialistically unaccountable, quality of Charm!
Stability is a matter of having the ability to "get it right" in varying conditions, by virtue of the firmness of one's grasp of the demands the virtue makes, and just because one never actually finds oneself tested does not mean that one has the untested virtue.
By virtue of their profession, doctors and nurses have more stringent obligations of beneficence than most.
By way of contrast, in the participation approach to goodness, human beings "are good by virtue of their participation in God who is Goodness-Itself" (p.
Are there fundamental, natural rights that all persons deserve to enjoy merely by virtue of being human?
Book 2 of Don Quixote showed that Don Quixote does in fact attain fame, but only by virtue of being the subject of an entertaining novel.
2) Someone can have a stake by virtue of occupying a social role.
Despite the fact that this theory is widely held by virtue of its fixture into popular piety and religious doctrine, it must be seen to have one major flaw: it is rationally incoherent and therefore cannot be seriously believed by anyone willing to consider its implications.
Annihilation of personal identity is everywhere the same, whether by virtue of union with God or by virtue of dispersal among the galaxies.