ad hoc

adverb
\ ˈad-ˈhäk How to pronounce ad hoc (audio) , -ˈhōk How to pronounce ad hoc (audio) , ˈäd-ˈhōk \

Definition of ad hoc

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: for the particular end or case at hand without consideration of wider application The decisions were made ad hoc.

ad hoc

adjective

Definition of ad hoc (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

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Ad hoc literally means "for this" in Latin, and in English this almost always means "for this specific purpose". Issues that come up in the course of a project often require immediate, ad hoc solutions. An ad hoc investigating committee is authorized to look into a matter of limited scope. An ad hoc ruling by an athletic council is intended to settle a particular case, and is not meant to serve as a model for later rulings. If an organization deals with too many things on an ad hoc basis, it may mean someone hasn't been doing enough planning.

Examples of ad hoc in a Sentence

Adjective The mayor appointed an ad hoc committee to study the project. We had to make some ad hoc changes to the plans. We'll hire more staff on an ad hoc basis.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The council agreed to have Mayor Paul McNamara and Deputy Mayor Mike Morasco serve on an ad hoc subcommittee to review the city’s financial status and determine whether a tax measure should be put on the November 2022 ballot. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Oct. 2021 The cloud is well suited for accelerating time-to-market, fast hypothesis testing and ad hoc analytics. Evgeniy Altynpara, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 Nearly real-time predictions about fire behavior are a big change from the relatively ad hoc systems used by firefighters in the past. Kevin T. Dugan, Fortune, 30 Sep. 2021 As the days went on, individuals from around the world—some with longstanding ties to Afghanistan and deep knowledge of the region, others with none at all—began an ad hoc effort to assist with the evacuations. Vogue, 30 Sep. 2021 Judge Grant said area justices have formed a landlord-tenant ad hoc committee and local advocacy groups are working to increase representation for tenants, which often improves outcomes for everyone involved. al, 12 Sep. 2021 The terrorist attacks that did follow — in Bali, London, Mumbai, and Paris, as well as places in the United States — have been, however deadly, smaller in scale, the work of terror commandos, or ad hoc volunteers inspired to aid the cause. The Editors, National Review, 11 Sep. 2021 Often American veterans, former diplomats or other officials who were part of the conflict, created ad hoc groups to fill the gap of government failure. Mark Jacobson, Time, 10 Sep. 2021 The Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health and Human Services is also planning to create an ad hoc program to temporarily cover medical services for parolees, two resettlement officials said. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of ad hoc

Adverb

1639, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ad hoc

Adverb

borrowed from Latin, "for this"

Adjective

derivative of ad hoc entry 1

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“Ad hoc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ad%20hoc. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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ad hoc

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ad hoc

: formed or used for a special purpose
: made or done without planning because of an immediate need

ad hoc

adverb
\ ˈad-ˈhäk, -ˈhōk; ˈäd-ˈhōk How to pronounce ad hoc (audio) \

Legal Definition of ad hoc

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

ad hoc

adjective

Legal Definition of ad hoc (Entry 2 of 2)

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

History and Etymology for ad hoc

Adverb

Latin, for this

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