What does whence mean?

Definitions for whence
ʰwɛns, wɛnswhence

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word whence.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. whence(adverb)

    from what place, source, or cause

Wiktionary

  1. whence(Adverb)

    From where; from which place or source.

    Whence came I?

  2. whence(Conjunction)

    From where.

  3. whence(Conjunction)

    From which.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whence(adverb)

    from what place; hence, from what or which source, origin, antecedent, premise, or the like; how; -- used interrogatively

    Etymology: [OE. whennes, whens (with adverbial s, properly a genitive ending; -- see -wards), also whenne, whanene, AS. hwanan, hwanon, hwonan, hwanone; akin to D. when. See When, and cf. Hence, Thence.]

  2. Whence(adverb)

    from what or which place, source, material, cause, etc.; the place, source, etc., from which; -- used relatively

    Etymology: [OE. whennes, whens (with adverbial s, properly a genitive ending; -- see -wards), also whenne, whanene, AS. hwanan, hwanon, hwonan, hwanone; akin to D. when. See When, and cf. Hence, Thence.]

How to pronounce whence?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say whence in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whence in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of whence in a Sentence

  1. Machiavelli:

    I have often thought that the cause of men?s good or ill fortune depends on whether they make their actions fit with the times. A man having prospered by one mode of acting can never be persuaded that it may be well for him to act differently, whence it is that a man?s Fortune varies, because she changes her times and he does not his ways.

  2. Aristotle:

    Nor was civil society founded merely to preserve the lives of its members; but that they might live well: for otherwise a state might be composed of slaves, or the animal creation... nor is it an alliance mutually to defend each other from injuries, or for a commercial intercourse. But whosoever endeavors to establish wholesome laws in a state, attends to the virtues and vices of each individual who composes it; from whence it is evident, that the first care of him who would found a city, truly deserving that name, and not nominally so, must be to have his citizens virtuous.

  3. Benjamin Franklin:

    Think of these things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.

  4. James Arthur Baldwin:

    Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.

  5. Omar Khayym:

    Into this Universe, and Why not knowing Nor Whence, like Water, willy-nilly flowing And out of it, as Wind along the Waste, I know not Wither, willy-nilly blowing.

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