\ˈhen(t)s \

Definition of hence 

1 : from this place : away

2a archaic : henceforth

b : from this time four years hence

3 : because of a preceding fact or premise : therefore

4 : from this source or origin

from hence

archaic : from this place : from this time

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Synonyms for hence


away, down, fro, off, out

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Examples of hence in a Sentence

Resource-rich countries don't need to levy taxes, so there is little pressure for government accountability, and hence fewer checks and balances. — Niall Ferguson, New York Times Book Review, 1 July 2007 Panforte—a cross between a cake and a candy—is a classic Italian Christmas treat. It's a very dense, rich confection loaded with nuts, dried fruit, and spices (hence its name, which means "strong bread"). Gourmet, December 2002 Common sense told the YA librarian that if ever she hoped to be successful with her clients, she would have to offset the prevailing attitude of most of the staff. Through determination and patience, she soon established herself as confidante, friend, and advisor to large numbers of middle and high school students. Hence, it was not surprising when she was approached one day by a young man and young woman with a request. — A. J. Anderson, Library Journal, 1 May 1994 He knew he could not win the election—hence his decision to withdraw. The company lost a great deal of money. Hence, the CEO was asked to resign. What will life be like a century hence?
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The Olympic Council of Asia, which governs the games, reportedly balked at including bridge, which in the eyes of some is linked with card games such as poker, black jack — and hence, gambling. Stephen Wade, Fox News, "Playing bridge at the Asian Games: 'Athletics of the mind'," 22 Aug. 2018 For Jackson, this called into question LIGO's ability to sufficiently distinguish between signal and noise and, hence, the validity of the detection itself. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Danish physicists claim to cast doubt on detection of gravitational waves," 1 Nov. 2018 Young Black girls should consider women like them (and hence, themselves) the most beautiful in the world. Christine Michel Carter, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Challenges of Raising a Black Girl to Feel Beautiful," 18 Oct. 2018 The home, which is estimated to have been built in 1727, was passed down through three generations of the Ropes family (hence the name). Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "You Need To Know The Real Story Behind Allison's House From Hocus Pocus," 17 Oct. 2018 The same scenario plays out again when Alan and Rebecca sit down for dinner together after reuniting (hence the famous kiss on the porch). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Learned So Much About Season 3's Mystery Man Alan Last Night," 10 Oct. 2018 Rasterization is much faster than ray tracing—hence its use in real-time games. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are loaded with boundary-pushing graphics tech," 20 Aug. 2018 The Bye Bye 3-in-1 Hydrating, Anti-Aging, Makeup Removing Micellar Wipes claim to hydrate, purify, and soften skin in one use (hence the whole three-in-one deal), according to a press release sent to Allure. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "IT Cosmetics Turned Its Best-Selling Cleansing Balm Into Bye Bye Makeup Wipes," 31 Jan. 2018 That defense… hence the spots open for competition. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "NFC West Offseason Report Cards: Cardinals Blitzing, Rams Spend on Defense, Garoppolo Ready to Execute, Seahawks Rebuilding," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of hence

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hence

Middle English hennes, henne, from Old English heonan; akin to Old High German hinnan away, Old English hēr here

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English Language Learners Definition of hence

: for this reason

: later than the present time


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Kids Definition of hence

1 : from this place It's a day's journey hence.

2 : from this time … the thought of her carries me back … many centuries hence— Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee

3 : as a result : therefore She was popular and hence received many invitations.

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