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[hens] /hɛns/
as an inference from this fact; for this reason; therefore:
The eggs were very fresh and hence satisfactory.
from this time; from now:
They will leave a month hence.
from this source or origin.
  1. from this place; from here; away:
    The inn is but a quarter mile hence.
  2. from this world or from the living:
    After a long, hard life they were taken hence.
  3. henceforth; from this time on.
Obsolete. depart (usually used imperatively).
Origin of hence
1225-75; Middle English hens, hennes, equivalent to henne (Old English heonan) + -es -s1
Can be confused
hence, hither, thence, thither, whence, whither, yon (see usage note at whence) Unabridged
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  • That being impossible, none other was graceful; hence none other was to be considered.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • hence, our architecture and statuary is massive and of immense proportions.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • hence the hair of the deceased was consecrated to her, and her name invoked at funerals.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • And hence, Sir, retorted I, your unbrotherly reflections upon me?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • hence it was that he thought so much of his small successes.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for hence


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for this reason; following from this; therefore
from this time: a year hence
  1. from here or from this world; away
  2. from this origin or source
(archaic) begone! away!
Word Origin
Old English hionane; related to Old High German hinana away from here, Old Irish cen on this side
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Word Origin and History for hence

late 13c., hennes, from Old English heonan "away, hence," from West Germanic *hin- (cf. Old Saxon hinan, Old High German hinnan, German hinnen); related to Old English her "here" (see here). With adverbial genitive -s. The modern spelling (mid-15c.) is phonetic, to retain the breathy -s- (cf. twice, pence). Original sense is "away from here;" of time, from late 14c.; meaning "from this (fact or circumstance)" first recorded 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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