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 (thĕns-fôr′wərd, thĕns-) also thence·for·wards (-wərdz)
1. Thenceforth.
2. From that time or place onward.
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(ˈðɛnsˈfɔːwəd) or thenceforwards
1. from that time or place on; thence
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(ˌðɛnsˈfɔrθ, -ˈfoʊrθ, ˈðɛnsˌfɔrθ, -ˌfoʊrθ)

from that time onward.
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This makes the Conkling letter a reminder, even as Lincoln's reputation as an emancipator has become clouded over time, that the Emancipation Proclamation had made slaves, not merely pawns in a political game, but "thenceforwards and forever free."