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.
2. 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.
[Middle English hennes, from here : henne (from Old English heonan; see ko- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + -es, adv. suff.; see -S3.]
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