: from this place : away
archaic : henceforth
: from this time
four years hence
: because of a preceding fact or premise : therefore
: 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 At the time, Benzion was a largely unknown and quasi-mystical interpreter of the Iberian Inquisition—which, for him, represented the perennial efflorescence of antisemitism as a racialized (and hence ineradicable) phenomenon. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2024 The current desire to roll back Section 230 comes amid a political push to crack down somehow on big tech, particularly to protect children from online harms; hence the flood of deeply flawed bills like the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA). Aaron MacKey, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 Some rational reasons Seasonal items typically are made for a limited sales period and hence made in limited quantities. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 Since slow cookers take a while to heat up and cook slowly (hence the name), this means that frozen chicken might spend too much time in that danger zone. Tamara Gane, Southern Living, 12 Feb. 2024 This makes sense considering its hydrating formula is infused with sweet almond oil, almond milk, and almond protein (hence, the name) to soften and moisturize the skin. Chloe Caldwell, Travel + Leisure, 26 Jan. 2024 Mature finger limes approximate a human thumb in size and shape (hence the name). Zoe Denenberg, Bon Appétit, 12 Jan. 2024 Almost 50 years hence, their Rumors album remains among the top 10 best-selling of all time. Greg Carannante, Sun Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 Part of that is having consistent and accurate tracking data over a lengthy period of time — hence, the smaller form factor. Victoria Song, The Verge, 19 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English hennes, henne, from Old English heonan; akin to Old High German hinnan away, Old English hēr here

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hence was in the 13th century

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“Hence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hence. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: from this place or time
a week hence
: consequently, therefore
was a newcomer and hence had no close friends in the city

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