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/ 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)
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/ (hɛns) /

sentence connector

for this reason; following from this; therefore


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


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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