ad hoc

ad hoc
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad hok; Latin ahd hohk]
    • /ˈad æd ˈhɒk/
    • /æd ˈhɑːk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad hok; Latin ahd hohk]
    • /ˈad æd ˈhɒk/

Definitions of ad hoc words

  • adjective ad hoc An ad hoc activity or organization is done or formed only because a situation has made it necessary and is not planned in advance. 3
  • adjective ad hoc for a particular purpose only; lacking generality or justification 3
  • noun ad hoc for a special case only, without general application 3
  • adverb ad hoc for the special purpose or end presently under consideration: a committee formed ad hoc to deal with the issue. 1
  • adjective ad hoc concerned or dealing with a specific subject, purpose, or end: The ad hoc committee disbanded after making its final report. 1
  • adverb ad hoc for a specific purpose 1

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Origin of ad hoc

First appearance:

before 1550
One of the 31% oldest English words
First recorded in 1550-60, ad hoc is from the Latin word ad hōc for this

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Parts of speech for Ad hoc


ad hoc popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 51% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for ad hoc

adj ad hoc

  • impromptu — made or done without previous preparation: an impromptu address to the unexpected crowds.
  • provisional — providing or serving for the time being only; existing only until permanently or properly replaced; temporary: a provisional government.
  • special — of a distinct or particular kind or character: a special kind of key.
  • specific — having a special application, bearing, or reference; specifying, explicit, or definite: to state one's specific purpose.
  • specified — to mention or name specifically or definitely; state in detail: He did not specify the amount needed.

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