Definition of hence in English:

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Pronunciation: /hɛns/


1As a consequence; for this reason: many vehicle journeys (and hence a lot of pollution) would be saved
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  • Most houses are built on the highest sites, hence the reason some frogs end up in gardens and even indoors if they get a chance.
  • Target dates of the original plan were over-ambitious, hence the reason for a review of the targets.
  • Undernutrition is hence not only a consequence of poverty but also a cause.
in consequence, consequently, as a consequence, for this reason, therefore, thus, so, accordingly, as a result, because of that, that being so, that being the case, on that account;
Latin ergo
2From now (used after a period of time): two years hence they might say something different
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  • It is this practice that he spends all his time doing now, but there were others he spent a lot of time doing in New York many years hence.
  • Mercifully, when McConnell strolls into Scotstoun a week hence, she will be accorded her due recognition.
3 (also from hence) archaic From here: hence, be gone
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  • They spared him a little before he went from hence and was seen no more.
  • And then they went from hence, and were seen no more.
  • Fathers, from hence trust not your daughters' minds by what you see them act.


Middle English hennes (in sense 3): from earlier henne (from Old English heonan, of Germanic origin, related to he) + -s3 (later respelled -ce to denote the unvoiced sound).

Words that rhyme with hence

cense, commence, common sense, condense, dense, dispense, expense, fence, Hortense, immense, offence (US offense), pence, prepense, pretence (US pretense), sense, spence, suspense, tense, thence, whence

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