One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
impromptu, extempore, extemporary, extemporaneous, expedient, emergency, improvised, rough and ready, makeshift, make-do, cobbled together, thrown togetheras the need arises, when necessary, when neededView synonyms
- ‘My hypothesis that the watch is in your pocket because you stole it, is not an ad hoc hypothesis.’
- ‘Wireless ad hoc networks are formed by a set of hosts that communicate with each other over a wireless channel.’
- ‘On this webpage we provide a selection of web links that are all related in some way to wireless ad hoc networking.’
Latin, literally ‘to this’.
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