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post hoc, ergo propter hoc

[pohst hohk, er-goh prohp-ter hohk; English pohst hok, ur-goh prop-ter hok er-goh] /ˈpoʊst ˈhoʊk, ˈɛr goʊ ˈproʊp tɛr ˌhoʊk; English ˈpoʊst ˈhɒk, ˈɜr goʊ ˈprɒp tər ˌhɒk ˈɛr goʊ/
Latin.
1.
after this, therefore because of it: a formula designating an error in logic that accepts as a cause something that merely occurred earlier in time.

propter hoc

[prawp-ter hawk; English prop-ter hok] /ˈprɔp tɛr ˈhɔk; English ˈprɒp tər ˈhɒk/
adverb, Latin.
1.
because of this.
Compare post hoc.
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