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  1. as an inference from this fact; for this reason; therefore: The eggs were very fresh and hence satisfactory.
  2. from this time; from now: They will leave a month hence.
  3. from this source or origin.
  4. 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.
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  1. Obsolete. depart (usually used imperatively).
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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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Related Words for hence

so, thus, thence, accordingly, away, consequently, ergo, forward, henceforth, onward, out, then, thereupon, wherefore, henceforward, hereinafter

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Historical Examples of hence

  • Hence, our architecture and statuary is massive and of immense proportions.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • 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.


    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


sentence connector
  1. for this reason; following from this; therefore
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  1. from this timea year hence
  2. archaic
    1. from here or from this world; away
    2. from this origin or source
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  1. archaic begone! away!
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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


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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