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ad hoc

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adverb \ˈad-ˈhäk, -ˈhōk; ˈäd-ˈhōk\

Definition of ad hoc

  1. :  for the particular end or case at hand without consideration of wider application




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ad hoc

adjective

Simple Definition of ad hoc

  • : formed or used for a special purpose

  • : made or done without planning because of an immediate need

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ad hoc

  1. 1 a :  concerned with a particular end or purpose <an ad hoc investigating committee> b :  formed or used for specific or immediate problems or needs <ad hoc solutions>

  2. 2 :  fashioned from whatever is immediately available :  improvised <large ad hoc parades and demonstrations — Nat Hentoff>

Examples of ad hoc in a sentence

  1. The mayor appointed an ad hoc committee to study the project.

  2. We had to make some ad hoc changes to the plans.

  3. We'll hire more staff on an ad hoc basis.



1879

First Known Use of ad hoc

1879


Law Dictionary

1

ad hoc

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adverb \ˈad-ˈhäk, -ˈhōk; ˈäd-ˈhōk\

Legal Definition of ad hoc

  1. :  for the particular end or case at hand without consideration of wider application



Origin of ad hoc

Latin, for this


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ad hoc

adjective

Legal Definition of ad hoc

  1. 1 :  concerned with a particular end or purpose <an ad hoc investigating committee>

  2. 2 :  formed or used for specific or immediate problems or needs <ad hoc solutions>





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