ad hocism

ad hoc·​ism | \ ˈad-ˈhäk-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce ad hocism (audio) , -ˈhōk-; ˈäd-ˈhōk- \

Definition of ad hocism

: a policy or method characterized by actions or decisions chosen to suit or fulfill immediate needs or goals : an ad hoc (see ad hoc entry 1) approach to dealing with problems or resolving issues But the Supreme Court should use specific cases to lay down discernible principles that deter judicial ad hocism.Rocky Mountain News, 4 July 1996

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First Known Use of ad hocism

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ad hocism

ad hoc entry 2 + -ism

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“Ad hocism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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