# Hence vs. Therefore: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on September 28, 2023

**"Hence" means "from this time" or "for this reason," while "Therefore" strictly means "for that reason."**

## Key Differences

"Hence" and "Therefore" are both used as transition words to indicate cause and effect in sentences, yet they carry subtle differences.

Sawaira Riaz

Sep 28, 2023

"Hence" has multiple meanings, including "from this time" or "from this place," but when used synonymously with "Therefore," it means "for this reason." It can suggest both causality and a future point in time. For example, "Spring has started; hence, flowers will bloom soon."

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Sep 28, 2023

"Therefore," on the other hand, strictly pertains to causality and means "for that reason." It strongly emphasizes the logical consequence of a premise. For instance, "He was late; therefore, he missed the meeting."

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Sep 28, 2023

The distinction becomes clearer in contexts outside causality. "Hence" can be used temporally or spatially, while "Therefore" is limited to drawing logical conclusions.

Janet White

Sep 28, 2023

When employed in logical arguments or mathematical proofs, both words emphasize the outcome or result of a given premise. Still, "Therefore" is more common and direct in its assertion of causality.

Harlon Moss

Sep 28, 2023

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## Comparison Chart

### Definition

"From this time" or "for this reason."

Strictly means "for that reason."

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### Logical Consequence

Used to indicate cause and effect.

Directly and strongly indicates a logical consequence.

Janet White

Sep 28, 2023

### Common Usage

Varied but can be synonymous with "Therefore" in some cases.

Mostly confined to indicating causality.

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Sep 28, 2023

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## Hence and Therefore Definitions

#### Therefore

For that reason.

The roads were icy; therefore, school was canceled.

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#### Hence

As a future event or consequence.

It's going to rain; hence, we should stay indoors.

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Sep 28, 2023

#### Therefore

As an inference or deduction.

The evidence points to him; therefore, he must be the culprit.

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Sep 28, 2023

#### Therefore

Consequently or as a result.

He missed the train; therefore, he will be late.

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Sep 28, 2023

#### Hence

From this source

They grew up in the Sudan.

Hence their interest in Nubian art.

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Nov 15, 2022

#### Therefore

In logical terms, because of a premise.

All men are mortal. Socrates is a man; therefore, Socrates is mortal.

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Sep 28, 2023

#### Therefore

(conjunctive) Consequently, by or in consequence of that or this cause; referring to something previously stated.

Traditional values will always have a place. Therefore, they will never lose relevance.

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Nov 15, 2022

#### Hence

(archaic) from here, from this place, away

I'm going hence, because you have insulted me.

Get thee hence, Satan!

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Nov 15, 2022

#### Therefore

For that or this reason, referring to something previously stated; for that.

I have married a wife, and therefore I can not come.

Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

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Nov 15, 2022

#### Hence

From the living or from this world

After a long battle, my poor daughter was taken hence.

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Nov 15, 2022

#### Hence

(of a length of time) in the future from now

A year hence it will be forgotten.

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Nov 15, 2022

#### Therefore

(used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result;

Therefore X must be true

The eggs were fresh and hence satisfactory

We were young and thence optimistic

It is late and thus we must go

The witness is biased and so cannot be trusted

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Nov 15, 2022

#### Hence

(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.

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#### Therefore

As a consequence;

He had good reason to be grateful for the opportunities which they had made available to him and which consequently led to the good position he now held

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#### Hence

(obsolete) Go away! Begone!

"...Hence! and bestow your dead

Where no wrong against him cries!"

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#### Therefore

To express a conclusion.

She was not feeling well; therefore, she took a day off.

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#### Hence

From this place; away.

Arise, let us go hence.

I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.

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#### Hence

From this reason; therefore; - as an inference or deduction.

Hence, perhaps, it is, that Solomon calls the fear of the Lord the beginning of wisdom.

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#### Hence

From this source or origin.

All other faces borrowed henceTheir light and grace.

Whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts?

An ancient author prophesied from hence.

Expelled from hence into a worldOf woe and sorrow.

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Nov 15, 2022

#### Hence

(used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result;

Therefore X must be true

The eggs were fresh and hence satisfactory

We were young and thence optimistic

It is late and thus we must go

The witness is biased and so cannot be trusted

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Nov 15, 2022

#### Hence

From this time onward.

The store will close in an hour and will not reopen until Monday; hence, make your purchases now.

Janet White

Sep 28, 2023

## FAQs

#### Is "Therefore" used in mathematical proofs?

Yes, it's often used to indicate the logical result of a premise.

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Sep 28, 2023

#### Is "Therefore" only about drawing conclusions?

Primarily, yes. It's about drawing a logical consequence or result.

Janet White

Sep 28, 2023

#### Can "Hence" mean "in the future"?

Yes, as in "Hence, we should see improvements."

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Sep 28, 2023

#### Which is more formal: "Hence" or "Therefore"?

Both can be formal, but "Therefore" is more direct in indicating causality.

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Sep 28, 2023

#### Do "Henceforth" and "Hence" mean the same?

"Henceforth" specifically means "from this point forward," while "Hence" has varied meanings.

Sara Rehman

Sep 28, 2023

#### Can "Therefore" start a sentence?

Yes, especially when drawing a conclusion from a prior statement.

Janet White

Sep 28, 2023

#### Is "Therefore" always about cause and effect?

Largely, yes. It emphasizes the effect based on a cause.

Harlon Moss

Sep 28, 2023

#### Can "Hence" and "Therefore" be used interchangeably?

In some contexts, yes, especially in indicating causality. But "Hence" has broader meanings.

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Sep 28, 2023

#### What's the primary difference between the two?

"Hence" has multiple meanings, including time and place, while "Therefore" is strictly about causality.

Janet White

Sep 28, 2023

#### Which word is more versatile in meaning?

"Hence" has a broader range of meanings.

Janet White

Sep 28, 2023

#### Can "Hence" be used in old literature to mean "from here"?

Yes, it's an older usage but valid.

Sara Rehman

Sep 28, 2023

#### Does "Hence" always look to the future?

Not always, but it can imply a future consequence or result.

Aimie Carlson

Sep 28, 2023

#### Are there any synonyms for "Therefore"?

Yes, words like "thus," "consequently," and "hence" in certain contexts.

Harlon Moss

Sep 28, 2023

#### Is "Hence" often used in modern English?

It's used, but some of its meanings, like "from this place," are less common in contemporary English.

Aimie Carlson

Sep 28, 2023

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