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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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It, like almost all of her legendary jewelry collection, was sold in 1904 and soon after, Cartier offered it to Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt, hence the name. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "For Mother’s Day, Get Her a Bouquet of Jewels Not Flowers," 9 May 2019 The video was actually filmed at the Zeiss Planetarium in Berlin, hence the astral themes, and shot by director Anouk Rhode. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Maisie Williams Stars in Alice Phoebe Lou's Stellar "Galaxies" Video," 6 May 2019 This tightness then pushes out the nipple, and hence, cold weather gives you hard nipples. Lily Puckett, Teen Vogue, "Why Nipples Get Hard From Cold Weather," 19 Apr. 2019 Therefore, YouTube’s algorithm is practically designed to radicalize its users — and hence poison our politics. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 The inside of its mouth is white and looks like cotton, hence the moniker. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Man discovers he encountered a venomous snake while visiting Battleship Texas," 9 Jan. 2018 But one thing remains constant throughout every universe the film reveals: There are heroic spider-people in each one, hence the title of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: the movie’s 2 post-credits scenes, explained," 15 Dec. 2018 That required a lot of airplane, hence the use of a 747. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Military Will Try to Make a Missile-Destroying Laser Drone," 15 June 2017 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

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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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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