Pretentiousness/archaism aside, does the sentence

Any changes that were made have been detailed hence.

make sense? The context would be that the descriptions of changes would be found in the paragraphs following this sentence.

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    Carefully look up all the meanings of hence before interpreting the sentence. It's correct.
    – Kris
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 7:12
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    @Kris Whilst it is undoubtedly correct, it is not a fashionable use, and some people may be unclear as to what it means. I would, in that context, use hereunder.
    – WS2
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 7:31
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    @ws2 It's almost archaic, and archaic is what they use in legalese and bureacratese. Do not use hereunder, it is neither here nor there.
    – Kris
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 8:20
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    A surprisingly common, and similarly mannered, alternative in academic writing would be "in the sequel". Almost guaranteed to bewilder the unfamiliar reader...
    – walkytalky
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 8:48
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    Your title is at the very least broader than your actual question and possibly at variance to it. I could add a clause to that sentence (e.g. "detailed hence, with full references to the relevant directives.") and you would still object, according to the text of your question. Do you object to "The new policy will come into effect 2 months hence"? If not, your title is wrong. If yes, your text is at best inaccurate and incomplete.
    – itsbruce
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 9:04

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A look at the three meanings of hence, reveal possible meanings of:

  1. "As a consequence; for this reason". Not the meaning here, and makes no grammatical sense.
  2. "From now" I expect that is the intended meaning, (i.e. "we will detail the changes after this") but the dictionary says it must be "used after a period of time" - i.e. that the period of time must come before 'hence' in the sentence, which is not the case.
  3. "From here" (archaic). Again not what is meant.

Therefore I conclude that the word is misused here. You could say "the changes that were made will be detailed a week hence". The writing of "have been detailed" means the detailing occurred in the past, even if it is later in the document (which I assume is what the writer is trying to imply), so that's two reasons 'hence' shouldn't be used.

There are plenty of ways to correctly end a sentence with 'hence'., including the example I gave above and Joe Dark's example.

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