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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.

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.]

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. Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay:

    Language, the machine of the poet, is best fitted for his purpose in its rudest state. Nations, like individuals, first perceive, and then abstract. They advance from particular images to general terms. Hence the vocabulary of an enlightened society is philosophical, that of a half-civilized people is poetical.

  2. Mohamed Radwan:

    We opened this week seeing the dive in global markets and continued sell-off in the region and hence we followed the pace.

  3. Johathan Edwards:

    Resolve to live as with all your might while you do live, and as you shall wish you had done ten thousand years hence.

  4. Jack Russo:

    Competitors could take advantage of those and play the price game and hence, gain market share.

  5. Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos:

    Our word is a contract. We have done what we promised and hence the IMF and Germany must provide a solution that is feasible, a solution for the debt that will open a clear horizon for investors.

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a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
  • A. anil
  • B. nitrile
  • C. jab
  • D. muddle

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