post hoc

adjective
\ˈpōst-ˈhäk \

Definition of post hoc 

1 : relating to or being the fallacy of arguing from temporal sequence to a causal relation

2 : formulated after the fact a post hoc rationalization

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But these, deCervo likes to point out, are post hoc variables. Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "How Do Athletes’ Brains Control Their Movements?," 13 Apr. 2018 But to arbitrarily impose a post hoc analysis after voters have seen such a person run a campaign is not right. Michael Smerconish, Philly.com, "President Trump's mental health: Public debate is 'unfair and unseemly' | Michael Smerconish," 8 Jan. 2018 There is something called a post hoc fallacy in logic, which says that because one thing happened, a second development is erroneously thought to be directly caused by it. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, Brian Hartline and yardsticks: Bill Livingston (photos, video)," 31 Oct. 2017 Subsidized premiums and post hoc disaster aid shift flood risk from individual owners to taxpayers at large and encourage development in flood-prone areas. Logan Strother, Washington Post, "National flood insurance will help clean up after Irma and Harvey. And that’s a problem.," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of post hoc

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for post hoc

New Latin post hoc, ergo propter hoc after this, therefore because of this

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