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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Ibañez was one of several citizens who worked on an ad hoc committee to strengthen Evanston’s Welcoming City Ordinance. Jennifer Fisher, chicagotribune.com, "Use of county Homeland Security vehicle at Evanston street fair sparks outcry amid threats of ICE raids," 27 June 2019 Ward 2 Councilman Nick Hanek was the council representative on the Brunswick Lake ad hoc committee. Brian Lisik, cleveland.com, "Brunswick Lake’s Dinosaur Trail faces extinction in county parks master plan proposal," 11 June 2019 Greene Farm Barn seeking partners The Greene Farm Barn ad hoc committee is looking for nonprofit agencies interested in using the 14,000-square-foot historic barn located at the corner of Hobson and Greene roads near Naperville and Woodridge. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 7 June 2019 Federal law doesn’t define an emergency, and for much of American history such declarations largely were ad hoc. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Can Trump Build a Wall Under a National Emergency?," 8 Jan. 2019 The fluid, ad hoc nature of the movement was evident Monday, as hundreds of youths lingered near Lam’s office building. Washington Post, "Hong Kong opposition movement largely without leaders," 18 June 2019 The fluid, ad hoc nature of the movement was evident Monday, as hundreds of youths lingered near Lam's office building. Christopher Bodeen, chicagotribune.com, "Hong Kong opposition movement largely without leaders," 18 June 2019 Organizations looking to host meetings, classes, performances, parties, exhibits, camps, training and shows should contact ad hoc committee chair Rachel Jenness at rbjenness@yahoo.com. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 7 June 2019 The tides are turning, away from an ad hoc society into a more measured one, and each character is experiencing the change differently. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "The Outlaw World of Deadwood," 6 June 2019

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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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