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1ad hoc

adverb \ˈad-ˈhäk, -ˈhōk; ˈäd-ˈhōk\

Definition of AD HOC

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

Origin of AD HOC

Latin, for this
First Known Use: 1659

2ad hoc

adjective

: formed or used for a special purpose

: made or done without planning because of an immediate need

Full Definition of AD HOC

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

Examples of AD HOC

  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.

First Known Use of AD HOC

1879

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