ad hocism


ad hoc·​ism ˈad-ˈhäk-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce ad hocism (audio)
: 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

Word History


ad hoc entry 2 + -ism

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ad hocism was in 1956

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“Ad hocism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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