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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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Initially the companies were in a passive position, because cooperating with cyber police to arrest their users would hurt the firms’ own reputation and hence affect user experience. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "With a Google spreadsheet, a web sleuth tracks the comments that get people jailed in China," 31 Mar. 2021 Scooter is probably the most middling Muppet on our list, hence his spot near the middle. Rebecca Caplan, Vulture, "Muppets, Ranked," 26 Mar. 2021 The biology of a 14-year-old won't be the same as that of a 6-year-old, hence the need for precautions. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Where we stand on COVID vaccines and kids," 26 Mar. 2021 Native American postmasters were rare, especially after a ruling that members of tribes were not U.S. citizens and hence ineligible for the job. Marc Levinson, WSJ, "‘Paper Trails’ Review: Go West, Young Mailman," 24 Mar. 2021 These matter more, and hence are far more real, than wave functions or dark energy. John Horgan, Scientific American, "I'm Agonizing over My Naive Realism," 19 Mar. 2021 Brain fog and memory loss—hence her need for a digital list, which goes on and on. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "A Year Into the Pandemic, Long COVID Is Still Burdening Patients—and Their Caregivers," 15 Mar. 2021 The answer is that five years hence Gethen will be a member of the Ekumen. Harold Bloom, The New Yorker, "The Strange Friendships of Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Left Hand of Darkness”," 20 Nov. 2020 But everybody wants to get out of the rain — hence the popularity of bridges — suggesting bad-weather shelters might be viewed differently. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego can never make up its mind about tackling homelessness," 21 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of hence was in the 13th century

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“Hence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hence. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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