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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

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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web In a world of widening inequality, companies such as Apple or Amazon have emerged as almost cartoonishly rich and hence uniquely powerful in their ability to force change. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 20 May 2022 The Elias number is the official one — hence St. Louis’s celebrating the feat Wednesday — but because Elias does not have a searchable website, the total is all but hidden from fans and journalists who are doing their own research. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, 19 May 2022 Now it is widely accepted that the disease spreads through smaller and farther-reaching aerosol particles—hence the importance of ventilation and masks. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 19 May 2022 Like many of Netflix’s new features, the Mystery Box is aimed at boosting time spent viewing, because that correlates with customer satisfaction (and hence lower churn). Todd Spangler, Variety, 19 May 2022 In practice, however, Finland has integrated with European institutions, including the EU, and hence the actual situation on the ground may not be practically affected by its impending NATO accession. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 May 2022 And hence the panic in the Democratic Party (and glee in the Republican) that voters will hold Democrats accountable for rising prices in the fall midterms. Zachary Karabell, Time, 13 May 2022 Michael was out of earshot, and didn't hear the commotion, hence his delay in finding her and calling the cops. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 10 May 2022 In addition to chronicling episodes from this brave, venturesome life, Drury depicts modern-day nurses, mothers and other caregivers, sometimes imagining them as time-traveling avatars of Seacole herself — hence the plural of the title. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 See More

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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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“Hence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hence. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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 in King Arthur's Court
3 : as a result : therefore She was popular and hence received many invitations.

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