by/in virtue of something

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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

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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by/in ˈvirtue of something

(formal) because of something: I was invited to a party at the embassy simply by virtue of being British.
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It is possible that the more activity that takes place around the deceased, the easier it is to endure the loss, or that lengthy prayers ease sorrow by virtue of something having been done.
This leaves the question of what continuants are, if they exist at a time by virtue of something else.