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Princeton's WordNet

  1. therefore, hence, thence, thus, soadverb

    (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result

    "therefore X must be true"; "the eggs were fresh and hence satisfactory"; "we were young and thence optimistic"; "it is late and thus we must go"; "the witness is biased and so cannot be trusted"

  2. henceadverb

    from this place

    "get thee hence!"

  3. henceadverb

    from this time

    "a year hence it will be forgotten"


  1. henceadverb

    from here, from this place, away

  2. henceadverb

    in the future from now

    A year hence it will be forgotten.

  3. henceadverb

    as a result; therefore, for this reason

  4. henceadverb

    from this time, from now

    The plane will leave two months hence.

  5. Etymology: A later spelling, retaining the breathy -s, of hennes, (henne + adverbial genitive ending -s), from heonan, from a West Germanic root *khin- (compare Old Saxon hinan, Old High German hinnan, German hinnen, Dutch heen, Swedish hän); related to Old English her.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HENCEadv. or interj.

    Etymology: heonan, Saxon; hennes, old English.

    Discharge my follow’rs; let them hence away,
    From Richard’s night to Bolinbroke’s fair day. William Shakespeare, R. II.

    Th’ Almighty hath not built
    Here for his envy; will not drive us hence. John Milton, P. L.

    A sullen prudence drew thee hence
    From noise, fraud and impertinence. Wentworth Dillon.

    Be not found here; hence with your little ones. William Shakespeare, Macb.

    Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse. John Milton.

    Why should I then be false, since it is true
    That I must die here, and live hence by truth? William Shakespeare.

    All members of our cause, both here and hence,
    That are insinewed to this action. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    He who can reason well to-day about one sort of matters, cannot at all reason to-day about others, though perhaps a year hence he may. John Locke.

    Let not posterity a thousand years hence look for truth in the voluminous annals of pedants. Arbuthnot.

    Hence perhaps it is, that Solomon calls the fear of the Lord the beginning of wisdom. John Tillotson, Sermon 1.

    By too strong a projectile motion the aliment tends to putrefaction: hence may be deduced the force of exercise in helping digestion. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    My Flora was my sun; for as
    One sun, so but one Flora was:
    All other faces borrowed hence
    Their light and grace, as stars do thence. John Suckling.

    An ancient author prophesy’d from hence,
    Behold on Latian shores a foreign prince!
    From the same parts of heav’n his navy stands,
    To the same parts on earth. John Dryden, Æn. b. vii.

  2. To Henceverb

    To send off; to dispatch to a distance. Obsolete.

    Etymology: from the adverb.

    Go, bawling cur! thy hungry maw go fill
    On yon foul flock, belonging not to me;
    With that his dog he henc’d, his flock he curst. Philip Sidney.


  1. hence

    Hence is an adverb that is used to indicate a consequence or result of something that has been previously mentioned or discussed. It implies that what is stated after it follows logically or naturally from what has been stated before.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Henceadverb

    from this place; away

  2. Henceadverb

    from this time; in the future; as, a week hence

  3. Henceadverb

    from this reason; as an inference or deduction

  4. Henceadverb

    from this source or origin

  5. Henceverb

    to send away

  6. Etymology: [OE. hennes, hens (the s is prop. a genitive ending; cf. -wards), also hen, henne, hennen, heonnen, heonene, AS. heonan, heonon, heona, hine; akin to OHG. hinnn, G. hinnen, OHG. hina, G. hin; all from the root of E. he. See He.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hence

    hens, adv. from this place or time: in the future: from this cause or reason: from this origin.—interj. away! begone!—advs. Hence′forth, Hencefor′ward, from this time forth or forward. [M. E. hennes, henne—A.S. heonan, from the base of he; Ger. hinnen,hin, hence; so L. hinc, hence—hic, this.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HENCE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hence is ranked #32438 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hence surname appeared 709 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Hence.

    65.3% or 463 total occurrences were Black.
    30% or 213 total occurrences were White.
    2.2% or 16 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 12 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2106

  2. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hence' in Adverbs Frequency: #173

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hence in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of hence in a Sentence

  1. Christopher McCandless:

    The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

  2. Mark Arena:

    A number of actors use or have used multiple ransomware services, hence we caution against any linking of this action to a single specific ransomware service.

  3. Nick Stamenkovic:

    The market is taking the view that an agreement between Greece and EU is more likely than not, hence fears of a Greek exit have dissipated somewhat, so we're seeing appetite for riskier markets including peripherals.

  4. Peter McWilliams:

    Negative thinking is always expensive--dragging us down mentally, emotionally, and physically--hence I refer to any indulgence in it as a luxury.

  5. Ahmed Korayem:

    The secret of life isn't an attempt to explain everything but, rather, to understand that certain things can't be explained. Demanding that everything is to be dissected neath a microscope is madness. Hence the attempt to explain everything is madness.

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