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ad hoc

[ad hok; Latin ahd hohk] /æd ˈhɒk; Latin ɑd ˈhoʊk/
adverb
1.
for the special purpose or end presently under consideration:
a committee formed ad hoc to deal with the issue.
adjective
2.
concerned or dealing with a specific subject, purpose, or end:
The ad hoc committee disbanded after making its final report.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; < Latin ad hōc for this
Can be confused
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  • Yet most of us still have a bunch of ad hoc stuff that doesn't work together.
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British Dictionary definitions for ad hoc

ad hoc

/æd ˈhɒk/
adjective, adverb
1.
for a particular purpose only; lacking generality or justification: an ad hoc decision, an ad hoc committee
Word Origin
Latin, literally: to this
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Word Origin and History for ad hoc

Latin, literally "for this (specific purpose)."

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ad hoc in Culture
ad hoc [(ad hok, ad hohk)]

A phrase describing something created especially for a particular occasion: “We need an ad hoc committee to handle this new problem immediately.” From Latin, meaning “toward this (matter).”

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ad hoc in Technology


Contrived purely for the purpose in hand rather than planned carefully in advance. E.g. "We didn't know what to do about the sausage rolls, so we set up an ad-hoc committee".
(1995-03-25)

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Idioms and Phrases with ad hoc

ad hoc

For the special purpose or end at hand; also, by extension, improvised or impromptu. The term, Latin for “to this,” is most often used for committees established for a specific purpose, as in The committee was formed ad hoc to address health insurance problems. The term is also used as an adjective (An ad hoc committee was formed), and has given rise to the noun adhocism for the tendency to use temporary, provisional, or improvised methods to deal with a particular problem. [ Early 1600s ]
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