Ad Hoc Definition

ăd hŏk, hōk
For the specific purpose, case, or situation at hand and for no other.
A committee formed ad hoc to address the issue of salaries.
American Heritage
On the spur of the moment.
For a particular purpose.
Formed for or concerned with one specific purpose.
An ad hoc compensation committee.
American Heritage
For a special case only, without general application.
An ad hoc committee.
Webster's New World
Improvised and often impromptu.
American Heritage
For this; for a particular purpose. For example, ad hoc committees are often created to accomplish a particular purpose.
Webster's New World Law
For this particular purpose.

Origin of Ad Hoc

  • Latin ad to hoc neuter accusative of hic this

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin ad hoc (“for this”).

    From Wiktionary


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