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æd ˈhɒk, ˈhoʊkad hoc

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ad hocadjective

    often improvised or impromptu

    "an ad hoc committee meeting"

  2. ad hocadverb

    for or concerned with one specific purpose

    "a coordinated policy instead of ad hoc decisions"

  3. ad hocadverb

    for one specific case

    "they were appointed ad hoc"


  1. ad hocadverb

    On the spur of the moment.

    Etymology: From ad hoc.

  2. ad hocadverb

    For a particular purpose.

    Etymology: From ad hoc.

  3. ad hocadjective

    For this particular purpose.

    Etymology: From ad hoc.

  4. ad hocadjective


    Etymology: From ad hoc.

  5. ad hocadjective

    Created on the spur of the moment; impromptu.

    Etymology: From ad hoc.


  1. Ad hoc

    Ad hoc is a Latin phrase meaning "for this". It generally signifies a solution designed for a specific problem or task, non-generalizable, and not intended to be able to be adapted to other purposes. Common examples are organizations, committees, and commissions created at the national or international level for a specific task. In other fields the term may refer, for example, to a military unit created under special circumstances, a tailor-made suit, a handcrafted network protocol, or a purpose-specific equation. Ad hoc can also mean makeshift solutions, shifting contexts to create new meanings, inadequate planning, or improvised events.

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  1. choad, choda

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ad hoc in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ad hoc in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of ad hoc in a Sentence

  1. Chief Executive Stephen Kavanagh:

    We are looking at the opportunities to extend our network reach. There are markets that Ryanair serves that we don't, so we are having those discussions about what is currently happening on an ad hoc basis, if we get the right price in terms of the capacity from Ryanair, then we would be very interested in doing business. If the commercial agreements are reached in time, then summer 2016 is a possibility.

  2. Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko:

    I think some form of ad hoc creditor committee should be formed in the next few days..(we expect to) start discssions by Monday and Tuesday next week. Time is of essence.

  3. Chicago Principals Administrators Association:

    It should not be an ad hoc reactionary response that creates inequities that are predictable among social and economic lines, instead, it feels as if the district’s approach was more focused on eroding the trust we’ve worked so hard to develop by pitting schools, principals, parents, and staff against each other than on actually providing safety and support for students and communities.

  4. Stphane Dujarric:

    The Secretary-General is totally committed to reforming the The United Nations and ensuring that The United Nations is fit for purpose and delivers results in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, however, abrupt funding cuts can force the adoption of ad hoc measures that will undermine the impact of longer-term reform efforts. The cuts to the U.N. come as no surprise. President Trump has several times criticized the value of the organization. In December, President Trump tweeted :.

  5. Elizabeth Randol:

    They're [state legislature] sort of guilty of serial over-criminalization. They continue to pass ad hoc bills that could criminalize behavior that could already be charged under the current statute, yes it's responding to a tragedy … a tragedy does not mean that there are no tools available to hold people accountable in those cases.

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    come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
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