[pohst hohk; English pohst hok]
- after this; afterward.
Compare propter hoc.
post hoc, ergo propter hoc
[pohst hohk, er-goh prohp-ter hohk; English pohst hok, ur-goh prop-ter hok er-goh]
- 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.
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Examples from the Web for post hoc
So my entire liberal arts education was an exercise in learning how different thinkers engaged in post-hoc rationalizing.David's Book Club: The Righteous Mind
April 9, 2012
- logic the fallacy of assuming that temporal succession is evidence of causal relation
from Latin, short for Post hoc ergo propter hoc after this, therefore on account of this
Word Origin and History for post hoc
Latin, "after this." Especially in post hoc, ergo propter hoc, logical fallacy, literally "after this, therefore because of this."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper