post hoc

[pohst hohk; English pohst hok]

adverb Latin.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of post hoc

  • So my entire liberal arts education was an exercise in learning how different thinkers engaged in post-hoc rationalizing.

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    David's Book Club: The Righteous Mind

    Noah Kristula-Green

    April 9, 2012

British Dictionary definitions for post hoc

post hoc


logic the fallacy of assuming that temporal succession is evidence of causal relation

Word Origin for post hoc

from Latin, short for Post hoc ergo propter hoc after this, therefore on account of this
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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