ad hoc

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

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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At the time, a composter named Charlie Bayrer and an ad hoc group of volunteers were collecting food scraps and composting on some old baseball diamonds in Red Hook that had been turned into an urban farm. Annie Correal, New York Times, "What Drove a Man to Set Himself on Fire in Brooklyn?," 28 May 2018 From the Woolsey Fire by Abby Aguirre For the Point Dume Bombers and other residents of the Santa Monica Mountains, fighting the California wildfire was an ad hoc effort. Vogue, "Our Favorite Longreads From 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 An ad hoc group of volunteers has formed in rural Sheridan, Ore., after the Trump administration transferred 124 immigrants from the Mexico border to the federal prison in the struggling town. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "In a prison and a temple, Oregonians help detained migrants," 23 Oct. 2018 Three women are being sought for cleaning out a Tangipahoa Parish Dollar General store of its supply of Tide Pods laundry detergent, a product that has over the years become widely recognized as ad hoc street currency in the national drug trade. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Tide laundry detergent thieves sought by police on North Shore," 16 May 2018 The ad hoc committee included Councilmen Jerry Kern and Chuck Lowery, and local representatives of cannabis professionals and patients. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New cannabis initiative proposed in Oceanside," 12 June 2018 Corrections & Amplifications The ad hoc committee of Puerto Rico general obligation bondholders doesn’t have a leader. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "New Puerto Rico Bond Group Starts Negotiations," 29 Aug. 2018 Some individual agencies and offices are well run and disciplined, but the White House from the president on down is substantially running on an ad hoc basis. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump attacks Kavanaugh accuser," 25 Sep. 2018 Luxuriously large, it can be adapted to many uses—even an ad hoc picnic blanket. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "15 Fresh Ideas for Covering Up at the Beach This Summer," 3 Aug. 2018

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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

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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