Definition of ad hoc in English:

ad hoc

adjective & adverb

  • Created or done for a particular purpose as necessary:

    [as adjective] ‘the discussions were on an ad hoc basis’
    [as adverb] ‘the group was constituted ad hoc’
    • ‘My hypothesis that the watch is in your pocket because you stole it, is not an ad hoc hypothesis.’
    • ‘On this webpage we provide a selection of web links that are all related in some way to wireless ad hoc networking.’
    • ‘Wireless ad hoc networks are formed by a set of hosts that communicate with each other over a wireless channel.’
    impromptu, extempore, extemporary, extemporaneous, expedient, emergency, improvised, rough and ready, makeshift, make-do, cobbled together, thrown together
    jury-rigged, jury
    quick and dirty
    as the need arises, when necessary, when needed
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Latin, literally to this.


ad hoc

/ad ˈhɒk/