is a Latin phrase
meaning literally 'to this'. In English, it generally signifies a solution designed for a specific problem or task, non-generalizable
, and not intended to be adapted to other purposes (compare with a priori
Common examples are ad hoc committees
and commissions created at the national or international level for a specific task. In other fields, the term could refer, for example, to a military unit created under special circumstances (see task force
), a tailor-made suit, a handcrafted network protocol
(e.g., ad hoc network
), a temporary banding together of geographically-linked franchise locations (of a given national brand) to issue advertising coupons, or a purpose-specific equation
Ad hoc can also be an adjective describing the temporary, provisional, or improvised methods to deal with a particular problem, the tendency of which has given rise to the noun adhocism
Style guides disagree on whether Latin phrases like ad hoc should be italicized. The trend is not to use italics.
For example, The Chicago Manual of Style
recommends that familiar Latin phrases that are listed in the Webster's Dictionary
, including "ad hoc", not be italicized.
, ad hoc means the addition of extraneous hypotheses
to a theory
to save it from being falsified
. Ad hoc hypotheses compensate for anomalies not anticipated by the theory in its unmodified form.
In the military
In the military, ad hoc units are created during unpredictable situations, when the cooperation between different units is suddenly needed for fast action, or from remnants of previous units which have been overrun or otherwise whittled down.
In national and sub-national governance, ad hoc bodies may be established to deal with specific problems not easily accommodated by the current structure of governance or to address multi-faceted issues spanning several areas of governance. In the UK and other commonwealth
countries, ad hoc Royal Commissions 
may be set up to address specific questions as directed by parliament.
The term ad hoc networking typically refers to a system of network elements that combine to form a network requiring little or no planning.
- ^ American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, 2nd Edition
- ^ Yateendra Joshi, " Latin phrases in scientific writing: italics or not", editage Insights, January 14, 2014
- ^ "When to italicize foreign words and phrases". Grammarpartyblog.com. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
- ^ "Italics". The Economist. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
- ^ Carroll, Robert T. (23 February 2012), "Ad hoc hypothesis", The Skeptic's Dictionary, John Wiley & Sons, retrieved 27 May 2013
- ^ "Royal commissions". BBC. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
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The dictionary definition of ad hoc
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