\ˈhen(t)s \

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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Synonyms for hence


away, down, fro, off, out

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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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With a market monetary system price declines occur at the point of productivity gains, hence, no relative price distortions and no malinvestment. WSJ, "Time for a Market-Based Monetary System?," 16 May 2018 And, hence, so will inflation’s contribution to long-term interest rates. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "Michelle Wolf, Kanye West distract us from the good news about the economy," 6 May 2018 But the gesture was meant more as an on-camera moment (hence, the paparazzi in the background). Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "A Body Language Expert Knew This Photo Would Be the Last of Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik as a Couple," 14 Mar. 2018 Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh says the wounded were taken to different hospitals following the attack on Monday in Kabul's 5th District, hence the full toll was not immediately known. Bloomberg.com, "The Latest on Kabul’s Suicide Bombing," 4 June 2018 The Kings would take on a contract that makes sense, meaning a a player who could be a part of the future core (hence the interest in Otto Porter Jr. last summer), but not Parsons. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Kings Q&A: Will a trade for Chandler and No. 4 work? Are Doncic's stats good for NBA?," 18 June 2018 The Tesla installation is expected to discharge 182.5MW for 4 hours (hence, the 730MWh number). Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tesla strikes another mammoth energy storage deal in California," 2 July 2018 Details on two-way player qualifying offers are still in the infant stages; hence, clarification about the deals remain complex. Jabari Young, San Antonio Express-News, "Off-topic: Darrun Hilliard," 30 June 2018 Donald Trump is notably fascinated by pomp and circumstance and ostentatious wealth, hence, his interest in royalty. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Donald Trump to Meet with the King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain Later This Month," 11 June 2018

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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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