1

ad hoc

adverb \ ˈad-ˈhäk , -ˈhōk ; ˈäd-ˈhōk \

Definition of ad hoc

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

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of ad hoc

Latin, for this


2

ad hoc

adjective

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 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.

Origin and Etymology of ad hoc


AD HOC Defined for English Language Learners

ad hoc

adjective

Definition of ad hoc for English Language Learners

  • : formed or used for a special purpose

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


Law Dictionary

1

ad hoc

adverb \ ˈad-ˈhäk, -ˈhōk; ˈäd-ˈhōk \

legal Definition of ad hoc

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

Origin and Etymology of ad hoc

Latin, for this


2

ad hoc

adjective

legal Definition of ad hoc

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ad hoc? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

spoken rather than written

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!