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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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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 attractive pot, whose swirled design recalls a flamenco performer’s twirling skirt (hence its name, after the famous Carmen Amaya), comes in elegant white clay or earthy terra-cotta. Ann Lien, House Beautiful, "This Planter Takes Care of Your Plant for Three Weeks Straight," 13 Mar. 2019 The world depends on America’s currency, and hence on access to dollar payments systems and the banks America has effective control over. The Economist, "America must use sanctions cautiously," 19 May 2018 Anyone who watches The View knows that Meghan McCain and Whoopi Goldberg don't always see eye to eye (hence, the point of the show). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch 'The View' Stars Meghan McCain and Whoopi Goldberg Get Into It Over Jeff Bezos' Divorce," 11 Jan. 2019 Musk will be able to continue as CEO, but the SEC's aim is to give Tesla's board more independence from Musk—and hence to subject Musk to more vigorous oversight. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "SEC settlement sends Tesla stock soaring," 1 Oct. 2018 Mbemba is currently contracted with Newcastle until 2020, with Porto expected to meet the Magpies asking price, something Anderlecht weren't prepared to do, hence the deal grinding to a halt with the Belgians. SI.com, "Porto Target Newcastle Outcast With a Deal Expected to Be Completed in Coming Days," 12 June 2018 In the story, Jamie's mother's sister lives off the Cape Fear River (hence the name of her mansion) near Cross Creek, in North Carolina. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Is Aunt Jocasta's River Run Plantation in Outlander a Real Place?," 11 Nov. 2018 While these competitions are often not official royal events—hence why the PDA is allowed, unlike the formal Queen's Young Leaders Awards—the polo matches still serve an important purpose. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Kiss Channeled Princess Diana and Prince Charles," 27 July 2018 While the First Lady was spending time in Ghana, there was also a large economic conference happening (hence all the big fancy jets). Georgia Dean, Condé Nast Traveler, "Co-Piloting a 54-Day Flight With My Dad: Dispatch #5," 17 Oct. 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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