- 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.
- from this place; from here; away: The inn is but a quarter mile hence.
- from this world or from the living: After a long, hard life they were taken hence.
- henceforth; from this time on.
- Obsolete. depart (usually used imperatively).
Origin of hence
Examples from the Web for hence
“Hence, there might be a net benefit, at least to some females, of breeding within the natal group,” the researchers speculate.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family
December 29, 2014
Hence, I suspect, the panic, the lockdown, the capitulation.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack
December 19, 2014
Hence the recent Kerry trip to Rome to meet with Netanyahu and meetings with Europeans and Palestinians.Why We Should Delay The Israel-Palestinian Peace Process
Aaron David Miller
December 19, 2014
In schools, this meant finding new ways to evaluate students—and hence their teachers.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
Hence the SWAT teams and armored trucks surrounding his house.Hunt for Iraq Vet After Killing Spree
December 16, 2014
Hence, our architecture and statuary is massive and of immense proportions.
That being impossible, none other was graceful; hence none other was to be considered.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Hence the hair of the deceased was consecrated to her, and her name invoked at funerals.
And hence, Sir, retorted I, your unbrotherly reflections upon me?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Hence it was that he thought so much of his small successes.Weighed and Wanting
- for this reason; following from this; therefore
- from this timea year hence
- from here or from this world; away
- from this origin or source
- archaic begone! away!
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.