ad hoc

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adverb

ˈad-ˈhäk How to pronounce ad hoc (audio) -ˈhōk How to pronounce ad hoc (audio)
ˈäd-ˈhōk
: for the particular end or case at hand without consideration of wider application
The decisions were made ad hoc.

ad hoc

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adjective

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 demonstrationsNat Hentoff

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In Latin ad hoc literally means "for this," and in English it describes anything that can be thought of as existing "for this purpose only." For example, an ad hoc committee is generally authorized to look into a single matter of limited scope, not to pursue any issue of interest. Ad hoc can also be used as an adverb meaning "for the particular end or case at hand without consideration of wider application," as in "decisions were made ad hoc."

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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Adverb
This included the establishment of ad hoc distribution points for food, water and other basic necessities. Sophie Tanno, CNN, 13 June 2024 The paper added that, given the progress in Chomsky’s recovery, the University of São Paulo is considering appointing him an ad hoc professor of linguistics and political science. Chad De Guzman, TIME, 12 June 2024
Adjective
The Sardines, an ad hoc band led by music director Kurt Cowling on keyboards and featuring singer Leah Gawel, play music originally performed and mostly composed by '90s lounge revivalists Combustible Edison. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 18 Mar. 2023 Ukraine has also called for the creation of a special United Nations tribunal, akin to ad hoc bodies set up to address war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and elsewhere. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2023 See all Example Sentences for ad hoc 

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

borrowed from Latin, "for this"

Adjective

derivative of ad hoc entry 1

First Known Use

Adverb

1639, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of ad hoc was in 1639

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“Ad hoc.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ad%20hoc. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

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

ad hoc

2 of 2 adjective
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
Etymology

Adverb

Latin, for this

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