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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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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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20 Feb 2020

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“Hence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hence. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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