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Hence vs. Thus: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on November 28, 2023
"Hence" implies a direct result, "from this time/place"; "Thus" indicates "in this manner," or "for this reason." Both infer consequence.

Key Differences

"Hence" is a term used to demonstrate a conclusion drawn from a preceding statement, often implying a direct result or consequence. "Thus," however, is used to signify the manner or degree of an action, indicating the method or result in abstract terms rather than specific consequences.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 28, 2023
"Hence" often implies a future orientation, used in contexts where what follows is a direct consequence of what has been previously stated. "Thus," contrastingly, is more about summarizing a situation or restating something for clarity, without a strong implication of direct causation.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 28, 2023
"Hence" can refer to a future time or a result, suggesting a forward motion from a current point, either in time or in argument. "Thus" doesn’t imply a movement in time but rather conveys a sense of conclusion or result, offering a summarization or restatement.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 28, 2023
"Hence" bears a sense of departure from a point, often used in logical arguments where one point leads directly to another. "Thus" is more about providing a clarification, explanation, or a conclusive statement, without the sense of leaving something behind.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 28, 2023
"Hence" carries an implication of a logical conclusion that’s almost inevitable based on the preceding content. "Thus" reflects more on the method or manner of something coming to be, often used to restate or summarize a point in a discussion or argument.
Aimie Carlson
Nov 28, 2023
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Comparison Chart

Implication

Direct result, future orientation
Method, manner, summarization
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Usage

Consequence, forward motion
Clarification, restatement
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Time orientation

Often future
Present or general
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Context

Logical conclusions, departures
Explanations, conclusive statements
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Tone

Slightly more formal
Neutral
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Nov 28, 2023
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Hence and Thus Definitions

Hence

From this time
Two weeks hence, we'll see the change.
Sara Rehman
Oct 20, 2023

Thus

As a result
The contract expired, thus the service ended.
Janet White
Oct 20, 2023

Hence

From this place
They traveled north, hence arriving in Canada.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 20, 2023

Thus

In this way
He worked hard; thus, success followed.
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Oct 20, 2023

Hence

Resulting from
The cell phone was unattended, hence the theft.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 20, 2023

Thus

Therefore
She forgot the tickets, thus we returned home.
Aimie Carlson
Oct 20, 2023

Hence

As a consequence
He studied, hence his success.
Harlon Moss
Oct 20, 2023

Thus

Consequently
It rained heavily, thus the game was postponed.
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Oct 20, 2023

Hence

For this reason; therefore
Handmade and hence expensive.
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Oct 13, 2023

Thus

In this manner
Lay the pieces out thus. See Usage Note at thusly.
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Oct 13, 2023

Hence

From this source
They grew up in the Sudan.
Hence their interest in Nubian art.
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Oct 13, 2023

Thus

To a stated degree or extent; so.
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Oct 13, 2023

Hence

From this time; from now
A year hence it will be forgotten.
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Oct 13, 2023

Thus

Therefore; consequently
Thus it was necessary for me to resign.
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Oct 13, 2023

Hence

From this place; away from here
Get you hence!.
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Oct 13, 2023

Thus

For example
Few of the nation's largest cities are state capitals.
Thus neither New York nor Chicago is the seat of its state's government.
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Oct 13, 2023

Hence

From this life.
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Oct 13, 2023

Thus

(manner) In this way or manner.
If you throw the ball thus, as I’m showing you, you’ll have better luck hitting the target.
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Oct 13, 2023

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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Oct 13, 2023

Thus

(conjunctive) As a result.
I have all the tools I need; thus, I will be able to fix the car without having to call a mechanic.
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Oct 13, 2023

Hence

From the living or from this world
After a long battle, my poor daughter was taken hence.
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Oct 13, 2023

Thus

The commoner kind of frankincense, or that obtained from the Norway spruce, the long-leaved pine, and other conifers.
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Oct 13, 2023

Hence

(of a length of time) in the future from now
A year hence it will be forgotten.
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Oct 13, 2023

Thus

In this or that manner; on this wise.
Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
Thus God the heaven created, thus the earth.
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Oct 13, 2023

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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Oct 13, 2023

Thus

To this degree or extent; so far; so; as, thus wise; thus peaceble; thus bold.
Thus far extend, thus far thy bounds.
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Oct 13, 2023

Hence

(obsolete) Go away! Begone!
"...Hence! and bestow your dead
Where no wrong against him cries!"
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Oct 13, 2023

Thus

An aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation
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Oct 13, 2023

Hence

To utter "hence!" to; to send away.
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Oct 13, 2023

Thus

(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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Oct 13, 2023

Hence

To depart; to go away.
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Oct 13, 2023

Thus

In the way indicated;
Hold the brush so
Set up the pieces thus
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Oct 13, 2023

Hence

From this place; away.
Arise, let us go hence.
I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
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Oct 13, 2023

Thus

To this degree
The budget was cut, thus affecting the scope.
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Oct 20, 2023

Hence

From this time; in the future; as, a week hence.
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Oct 13, 2023

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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Oct 13, 2023

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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Oct 13, 2023

Hence

To send away.
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Oct 13, 2023

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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Oct 13, 2023

Hence

From this place;
Get thee hence!
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Oct 13, 2023

Hence

From this time;
A year hence it will be forgotten
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Oct 13, 2023

Hence

Therefore
She was late, hence missed the meeting.
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Oct 20, 2023

FAQs

Does "hence" suggest a logical consequence?

Yes, it often indicates a result or effect.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 28, 2023

Is "thus" synonymous with "therefore"?

They're similar, but "thus" often relates to manner or degree.
Janet White
Nov 28, 2023

Can "thus" start a sentence?

Yes, it can start a sentence as a summarizing point.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 28, 2023

Does "thus" imply causality?

It can, but it's more about summarizing or restating.
Sara Rehman
Nov 28, 2023

Does "hence" require a preceding cause?

Generally, yes, it follows a cause or reason.
Harlon Moss
Nov 28, 2023

Is "hence" interchangeable with "thus"?

Not always; "hence" implies direct consequence, "thus" restates or summarizes.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 28, 2023

Is "thus" formal?

It's less formal than "hence" but still used in formal writing.
Aimie Carlson
Nov 28, 2023

Can "thus" end a sentence?

Rarely; it usually precedes the point being made.
Janet White
Nov 28, 2023

Is "hence" a formal term?

Yes, it's often used in formal contexts.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 28, 2023

Can "hence" refer to a future time?

Yes, it can indicate a departure from the present moment.
Aimie Carlson
Nov 28, 2023

Does "hence" mean "from now"?

It can, especially when referring to time.
Janet White
Nov 28, 2023

Does "thus" always follow a comma?

Often, but not necessarily; it depends on sentence structure.
Sara Rehman
Nov 28, 2023

Can "hence" start a sentence?

Less commonly, but it's grammatically acceptable.
Aimie Carlson
Nov 28, 2023

Can "thus" clarify a previous statement?

Yes, it's often used for clarification or explanation.
Aimie Carlson
Nov 28, 2023

Can "hence" be used in everyday conversation?

It's less common in casual speech, more formal.
Sara Rehman
Nov 28, 2023

Does "thus" suggest a conclusion?

Yes, it often introduces a summarizing point.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 28, 2023

Is "hence" old-fashioned?

It's less common in modern casual speech but still used formally.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 28, 2023

Is "hence" synonymous with "therefore"?

They're similar, but "hence" can also imply time/place departure.
Sara Rehman
Nov 28, 2023

Is "thus" used in logical arguments?

Yes, it can introduce a logical conclusion.
Sawaira Riaz
Nov 28, 2023

Is "thus" a conjunction?

It's an adverb, often used like a conjunction in meaning.
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Nov 28, 2023
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