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Friday, February 27, 2015

Definitions for ad hockery

  1. reliance on temporary solutions rather than on consistent, long-term plans.

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Citations for ad hockery
Any founder who told the literal truth about the frenzied ad-hockery of launching a company would scare away customers and investors and quickly be out of business. Noam Scheiber, "How to Succeed in Silicon Valley Without Really Trying," New Republic, September 7, 2014
What we have been witnessing, in effect, is a reign of what Dr. Hans Blix called "ad hockery", wherein one or a handful of countries circumvent multilateral processes and laws to advance their own interests, and the expense of our international legal regime and the civilized society that such a law-based regime builds. Jonathan Granoff, "The Middle Powers Initiative and Alternative Multilateral Approaches," Lessons to Be Learned from Non-Proliferation Failures and Successes, 2009
Origin of ad hockery
Ad hockery is the noun form of ad hoc, an adverb meaning "for the special purpose or end presently under consideration," translating literally from Latin as "for this." It entered English in the late 1800s.