hence

[hens]

adverb

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.
Archaic.
  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.

interjection

Obsolete. depart (usually used imperatively).

Nearby words

  1. hen-and-chickens,
  2. hen-house,
  3. henan,
  4. henbane,
  5. henbit,
  6. henceforth,
  7. henceforward,
  8. hench,
  9. hench, philip showalter,
  10. henchman

Origin of hence

1225–75; Middle English hens, hennes, equivalent to henne (Old English heonan) + -es -s1

Can be confusedhence hither thence thither whence whither yon (see usage note at whence)

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British Dictionary definitions for hence

hence

sentence connector

for this reason; following from this; therefore

adverb

from this timea year hence
archaic
  1. from here or from this world; away
  2. from this origin or source

interjection

archaic begone! away!

Word Origin for hence

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

hence

adv.

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.

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