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Definition of "hence" []

  • For this reason; therefore: handmade and hence expensive. (adverb)
  • From this source: They grew up in the Sudan; hence their interest in Nubian art. (adverb)
  • From this time; from now: A year hence it will be forgotten. (adverb)
  • From this place; away from here: Get you hence! (adverb)
  • From this life. (adverb)
  • From this time (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • From here or from this world; away (adverb)
  • From this origin or source (adverb)
  • Begone! away! (exclamation)
  • For this reason; following from this; therefore

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Use "hence" in a sentence
  • "That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise."
  • "Oslo assured this and hence is a part of the problem."
  • "Hmmmm. Who has the most seats in the House and Senate — and hence is most likely to LOSE from this tidal wave of hatred?"