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ad hoc

[ad hok; Latin ahd hohk]
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adverb
  1. for the special purpose or end presently under consideration: a committee formed ad hoc to deal with the issue.
adjective
  1. concerned or dealing with a specific subject, purpose, or end: The ad hoc committee disbanded after making its final report.

Origin of ad hoc

First recorded in 1550–60, ad hoc is from the Latin word ad hōc for this
Can be confusedad hoc a posteriori a priori ex post facto prima facie
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British Dictionary definitions for ad hoc

ad hoc

adjective, adverb
  1. for a particular purpose only; lacking generality or justificationan ad hoc decision; an ad hoc committee

Word Origin

Latin, literally: to this
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Word Origin and History for ad hoc

Latin, literally "for this (specific purpose)."

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ad hoc in Culture

ad hoc

[(ad hok, ad hohk)]

A phrase describing something created especially for a particular occasion: “We need an ad hoc committee to handle this new problem immediately.” From Latin, meaning “toward this (matter).”

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Idioms and Phrases with ad hoc

ad hoc

For the special purpose or end at hand; also, by extension, improvised or impromptu. The term, Latin for “to this,” is most often used for committees established for a specific purpose, as in The committee was formed ad hoc to address health insurance problems. The term is also used as an adjective (An ad hoc committee was formed), and has given rise to the noun adhocism for the tendency to use temporary, provisional, or improvised methods to deal with a particular problem. [Early 1600s]

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