hence late 13c., hennes, from O.E. heonan "away, hence," from W.Gmc. *hin- (Cf. O.S. hinan, O.H.G. hinnan, Ger. hinnen); related to O.E. her "here" (see HERE (Cf. here)). With adverbial genitive -s. The modern spelling (mid-15c.) is phonetic, to retain the breathy -s- (Cf. twice, pence). Original sense is "away from here;" of time, from late 14c.; meaning "from this (fact or circumstance)" first recorded 1580s.

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  • Hence — (h[e^]ns), adv. [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. hinn[=a]n, G. hinnen, OHG. hina, G. hin; all from the root of E. he. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hence — [ hens ] adverb FORMAL *** Hence can be used in the following ways: as a way of starting a sentence, clause, or phrase, and showing how it is related to what has just been said: Crime is on the increase, hence the need for more police. as an… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hence — W2 [hens] adv formal [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: hen hence (12 15 centuries) (from Old English heonan) + s (as in backwards)] 1.) [sentence adverb] for this reason ▪ The cost of transport is a major expense for an industry. Hence factory location… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hence — [hens] adv. [ME hennes < henne < OE heonan(e), from here + (e)s, adv. gen. suffix (as in SINCE, THENCE) < IE base as in HE1, HERE] 1. from this place; away [go hence] 2 …   English World dictionary

  • hence — For the use of from hence, see from whence, from hence …   Modern English usage

  • Hence — Hence, v. t. To send away. [Obs.] Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • hence — [adv] for that reason; therefore accordingly, as a deduction, away, consequently, ergo, forward, from here, from now on, henceforth, henceforward, hereinafter, in the future, it follows that, on that account, onward, out, so, then, thence,… …   New thesaurus

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