Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

by virtue of

by virtue of
1) as a result of someone/something
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • by virtue of hard work/age/initiative
  • Analysis
    A ‘virtue’ is a formal word for a positive quality in a person. If something happens ‘by virtue of’ something it means it happens because of it: “By virtue of his experience, David was awarded a managerial role.” This is a formal phrase used more often in professional contexts or written English. Similar phrases include ‘as a result of’ or ‘due to.’
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. David and his friends were excluded from voting in the election by virtue of their age. They were all under 16 years old.
    2. By virtue of the power invested in me by the state, I hereby sentence you to 10 years in prison.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. By virtue of her consistent hard work and dedication, Anne's boss decided to give her a promotion. It was well deserved!
    2. I'd like to present you with this award by virtue of your commitment to this field of study for the past fifteen years.
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