ad-hoc·​ra·​cy | \ ˈad-ˈhäk-rə-sē, -ˈhōk-; ˈäd-ˈhōk- \
plural -es

Definition of ad-hocracy

: a temporary organization or committee set up to accomplish a specific task also : a system of government utilizing such organizations

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First Known Use of ad-hocracy

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ad-hocracy

ad hoc entry 2 + -cracy

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“Ad-hocracy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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