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post hoc

[pohst hohk; English pohst hok]
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adverb Latin.
  1. after this; afterward.
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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]
  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.
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post hoc

  1. logic the fallacy of assuming that temporal succession is evidence of causal relation
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Word Origin

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."

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