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ad hoc

adverb \ ˈad-ˈhäk , -ˈhōk ; ˈäd-ˈhōk \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

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

borrowed from Latin, "for this"


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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.

Recent Examples of ad hoc from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of ad hoc

derivative of 1ad 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

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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


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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


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