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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. From that place; from there: flew to Helsinki and thence to Moscow.
  • adv. From that circumstance or source; therefrom.
  • adv. Archaic From that time; thenceforth. See Usage Note at whence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. From there, from that place or from that time. (I came thence.)
  • adv. Deriving from this or as a result of this.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. From that place.
  • adv. From that time; thenceforth; thereafter.
  • adv. For that reason; therefore.
  • adv. Not there; elsewhere; absent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • From that place.
  • From that time; after that.
  • From that source; from or out of this or that; for that reason.
  • Not there; elsewhere; absent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result
  • adv. from that place or from there
  • adv. from that circumstance or source


Middle English thennes : thenne, from there (from Old English thanon; see to- in Indo-European roots) + -es, genitive sing. suff.; see -s3.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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