- for the special purpose or end presently under consideration: a committee formed ad hoc to deal with the issue.
- concerned or dealing with a specific subject, purpose, or end: The ad hoc committee disbanded after making its final report.
Origin of ad hoc
Examples from the Web for ad hoc
Because women have so little support in combining work and family, everyone is left to do it in her own ad-hoc, jury-rigged way.Beyond Marissa Mayer, Bigger Problems for America’s New Mothers
July 20, 2012
Any ad-hoc this tight could pull off anything if it advanced their agenda.
One at a time, the rest of her ad-hoc moved forward and joined them.
- for a particular purpose only; lacking generality or justificationan ad hoc decision; an ad hoc committee
Word Origin and History for ad hoc
Latin, literally "for this (specific purpose)."
Idioms and Phrases with 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]