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Definition of hence adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

hence

 adverb
adverb
NAmE//hɛns//
 
(formal)
 
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  •  for this reason We suspect they are trying to hide something, hence the need for an independent investigation. Language Bankthereforeways of saying “for this reason…” Children who grow up on a diet of junk food find it difficult to change this habit later in life. It is essential, therefore, that parents encourage healthy eating from an early age. Children who grow up on a diet of junk food find it difficult to change this habit later in life. For this reason, /This is why it is essential that children eat healthily from an early age. Eating habits formed in childhood tend to continue into adult life. Thus, the best way to prevent heart disease among adults is to encourage healthy eating from an early age. Eating habits formed in childhood tend to continue into adult life, hence the importance of encouraging healthy eating from an early age.
  • Idioms
    … days, weeks, etc. hence (formal)
     
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    a number of days, etc. from now The true consequences will only be known several years hence.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hence