have the wherewithal to (do something)

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have the wherewithal to (do something)

1. To have the resources, especially financial, needed to do something. She has a fantastic business model, but does she have the wherewithal to get it off the ground? I desperately need a new computer, but I simply don't have the wherewithal to upgrade right now.
2. To have the energy or motivation needed to do something. I knew he was grieving, but I simply didn't have the wherewithal to offer him a sympathetic ear at the time. Sarah was so dejected after losing her job that she just didn't have the wherewithal to go out and look for a new one.
3. informal To have the appropriate level of savvy, initiative, common sense, or resourcefulness to do something. I was surrounded by important industry people, but I didn't have the wherewithal to introduce myself and try to promote my business. I wish I'd had the wherewithal when I was younger to start investing in a pension plan as soon as I got my first job.
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