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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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Los Blancos' top dog Florentino Pérez, meanwhile, has actively looked to maintain a good relationship with Paris Saint-Germain - hence the two offers this summer - but Real Madrid are not considering Neymar as an option in this window. SI.com, "Real Madrid 'Offered' Neymar on Two Occasions Amid Ongoing PSG and Barcelona Tension," 6 July 2019 The success of British riders, with those six recent wins in Team Sky colors, has proved hard to stomach for many French sports fan and its media, hence the pressure on Bardet and Pinot to break that cycle this year. Paul Gittings, CNN, "An ill wind blows the battle for yellow at the Tour de France wide open," 5 July 2019 The original wood-and-stone building was at different times during Yountville’s history a saloon, a brothel and a steam laundry - hence the name. Mary Beth Albright, chicagotribune.com, "How a world-class chef blossomed in Napa Valley: The French Laundry turns 25," 5 July 2019 Besides, being listed on the register is prestigious, hence the prominent plaques. Why is this house special? oregonlive.com, "Is your house historically important? Tell the world," 5 July 2019 The Kimono which serves as a traditional Japenese garment amongst other things tend to not involve lingerie, hence the immediate issue the name brought. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Kim Kardashian Changes The Name Of Her New Shapewear Line After Backlash," 1 July 2019 The project examines the current state of Early Childhood Education in Indiana with an emphasis on how best to prepare our state’s 4-year-olds (hence the project title) for kindergarten and beyond. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Why a seemingly chaotic pre-K class may be the best kind," 28 June 2019 The idea is that there’s more stability — hence the name — and less volatility than in something like bitcoin, which isn’t pegged to anything. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Libra, explained," 26 June 2019 If the next round of tariffs makes the iPhone more expensive, demand will fall – hence Apple’s plea to the administration. Greg Linden, The Conversation, "The guts of an Apple iPhone show exactly what Trump gets wrong about trade," 25 June 2019

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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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