Definition of hence in US English:



  • 1As a consequence; for this reason.

    ‘a stiff breeze and hence a high windchill’
    • ‘Rule of mob is deaf to the voices of reason, and hence the rule of mob must be stopped at all costs.’
    • ‘We have to take certain steps backwards to move forward and hence the reason to sell publishing.’
    • ‘Of course, rates could rise, hence the reason fixing them makes sense for many people.’
    • ‘But that does not stop them being valid reasons and hence does not make following them any the less rational.’
    • ‘I have a brother who was a miracle as my Mum was told she couldn't have children, hence the reason they adopted me.’
    • ‘Xylem cavitation was not a research topic in the 1960s, hence there was no reason for Scholander to dwell on this issue.’
    • ‘Alcohol is water soluble, hence the reason why you go to the toilet so many times when you're out on the tiles.’
    • ‘Such a slowdown wasn't entirely expected, hence the reason the shares have only fallen a few per cent today.’
    • ‘We decided to show them how much we appreciate their presence - hence the reason we wore orange at the final.’
    • ‘The executive is not looking after the interests of the people, hence the reason for the crime rate.’
    • ‘This was a chapter that I edited a LOT quite quickly, hence the typos.’
    • ‘Writing is often a means of release for me, hence the reason for this blog.’
    • ‘Most people don't pay for shareware if they can help it, hence the limited use period most shareware has.’
    • ‘In the meanwhile a new drummer was broken in, hence the material that figures here.’
    • ‘Some of the best broccoli is grown in the south of Italy, hence the reason it is also called calabrese, from Calabria.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sleeping patterns may also be affected, hence the reason that young people go to bed later and get up later.’
    • ‘Undernutrition is hence not only a consequence of poverty but also a cause.’
    • ‘Target dates of the original plan were over-ambitious, hence the reason for a review of the targets.’
    • ‘The inaccuracies stimulate a lot of class discussion and hence facilitate a lot of learning.’
    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
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  • 2In the future (used after a period of time)

    ‘two years hence they might say something quite different’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3archaic From here.

    ‘hence, be gone’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A colony which goes from hence to settle in a waste country, if they have an express constitution by charter, (or so far as that is silent), carries with them such part of the laws of England as is adapted to, and proper for their situation.’
    • ‘And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.’
    • ‘They spared him a little before he went from hence and was seen no more.’


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