ad hoc

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See also: adhoc and ad-hoc

English[edit]

English Wikipedia has an article on:
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English Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from New Latin ad hoc (for this).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ad hoc (comparative more ad hoc, superlative most ad hoc)

  1. For a particular purpose.
  2. Created on the spur of the moment; impromptu.
    • 2020 February 25, Christopher de Bellaigue, “The end of farming?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Over the past 20 years or so, from South America to the Danube basin, ad hoc coalitions of politicians, activists and conscience-stricken billionaires (whose core activities, such as Povlsen’s clothing business, are often less than environmentally friendly), have rewilded millions of acres of mostly failed agricultural and grazing land.
  3. (sciences, of a hypothesis) Postulated solely to save a theory from being falsified, without making any new predictions.
    • 2012 December 6, J. Agassi, Science in Flux, Springer Science & Business Media, →ISBN, page 197:
      Contrary to the traditional condoning of ad hoc hypotheses, and in line with Popper's and Grünbaum's approaches, we see, once an ad hoc hypothesis is introduced we are unhappy about it and try to eliminate it.
  4. (networking) Independent of previously instated network structure, like routers or access points.
    • 2007 April 23, Jagannathan Sarangapani, Wireless Ad hoc and Sensor Networks: Protocols, Performance, and Control, CRC Press, →ISBN, page 233:
      An ad hoc network is a group of wireless mobile nodes dynamically forming a temporary network without any fixed infrastructure or centralized administration. The applications for ad hoc networks have grown tremendously with the increase in the use of wireless sensor networks.
  5. Special.

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Adverb[edit]

ad hoc (comparative more ad hoc, superlative most ad hoc)

  1. On the spur of the moment.
  2. For a particular purpose.

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ad hoc.

Adjective[edit]

ad hoc (not comparable)

  1. (rare) ad hoc (for a particular purpose)

Usage notes[edit]

The Finnish term mainly used instead of "ad hoc committee" is työryhmä

Declension[edit]

Used only in uninflected form to modify a noun, as in ad hoc -komitea ("ad hoc committee").


Latin[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Phrase[edit]

ad hoc

  1. to this end, for this, to this point, to this.

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Latin phrase ad hoc (for this).

Adjective[edit]

ad hoc

  1. ad hoc

Adverb[edit]

ad hoc

  1. ad hoc

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Latin phrase ad hoc (for this).

Adjective[edit]

ad hoc

  1. ad hoc

Adverb[edit]

ad hoc

  1. ad hoc

Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From New Latin ad hoc.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

ad hoc (not comparable)

  1. ad hoc (on the spur of the moment)

Further reading[edit]

  • ad hoc in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • ad hoc in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin ad hoc.

Adjective[edit]

ad hoc (invariable, comparable)

  1. ad hoc (created for a particular purpose)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin ad hoc.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌad ˈok/, [ˌað̞ ˈok]

Adverb[edit]

ad hoc

  1. ad hoc (for this particular purpose)

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