The car ran out of fuel; hence Jack started walking down the road with a gas can in his hand.
- An example of hence is telling someone to leave somewhere.
- An example of hence is saying that something is happening at a certain time.
- An example of hence is someone telling another why they're doing something.
- from this place; away: go hence
- from this time; after now: a year hence
- thereafter; subsequently
- for this reason; as a result; therefore: often used as a conjunctive adverb
- Archaic from this origin or source
Origin of henceMiddle English hennes from henne from Old English heonan(e), from here + -(e)s, adv. genitive suffix (as in since, thence) from Indo-European base as in he, here
- a. For this reason; therefore: handmade and hence expensive.b. From this source: They grew up in the Sudan; hence their interest in Nubian art.
- From this time; from now: A year hence it will be forgotten.
- a. From this place; away from here: Get you hence!b. From this life.
Origin of henceMiddle English hennes from here henne ( from Old English heonan ; see ko- in Indo-European roots.) -es adv. suff. ; see -s 3.
- (archaic) from here, from this place, away
- I'm going hence, because you have insulted me.
- Get thee hence, Satan!
- (archaic, figuratively) from the living or from this world
- After a long battle, my poor daughter was taken hence.
- (archaic, of a length of time) in the future from now
- A year hence it will be forgotten.
- (conjunctive) as a result; therefore, for this reason
- I shall go to Japan and hence will not be here in time for the party.
- The purse is handmade and hence very expensive.
- (temporal location) from this time, from now
- The plane will leave two months hence.
(third-person singular simple present hences, present participle hencing, simple past and past participle henced)
A later Middle English spelling, retaining the breathy -s, of hennes, (henne + adverbial genitive ending -s), from Old English heonan (“away", "hence”), from a West Germanic root *hin- (compare Old Saxon hinan, Old High German hinnan, German hinnen, Dutch heen, Swedish hän); related to Old English her (“here”).