posthockery

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

post hoc +‎ -ery

Noun[edit]

posthockery (uncountable)

  1. (rare) Use (particularly excessive use) of post hoc reasoning.
    • 1983, Laurie Bauer, English word-formation
      Despite the dangers of posthockery implicit in the approach that has been taken here, it can cast some light on word-formation which other approaches would not be able to.
    • 1997, Olav Schram Stokke, Global Governance: Drawing Insights from the Environmental Experience[1], page 62:
      This tendency is clearly a second way to avoid the arbitrariness and posthockery of eclecticism.