the wherewithal for (something)

the wherewithal for (something)

1. The resources, especially financial, needed for something. She has a fantastic business model, but she'll need the wherewithal for it to get off the ground. I really need to upgrade my computer, but I simply don't have the wherewithal for that right now.
2. The energy or motivation needed for something. I knew he was grieving, but I simply didn't have the wherewithal for an emotional, sympathetic conversation at that ungodly hour. Sarah was so dejected after losing her job that finding the wherewithal to go out and look for a new one seemed impossible.
3. informal The appropriate level of savvy, initiative, common sense, or resourcefulness for something. Usually used after "have," especially in negative constructions. I was surrounded by important industry people, so I should have been introducing myself and trying to promote my business. Sadly, I just didn't have the wherewithal for that at the time. I'm starting to wonder whether or not the new Senior Content Manager has the wherewithal for the position.
See also: wherewithal