One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The use of improvised measures rather than general long-term strategies.‘today's problems are too urgent and complex to rely on ad hocery’
expediency, exploitation, taking advantage, machiavellianism, manoeuvring, pragmatism, realism, unscrupulousnessView synonyms
- ‘They see explanation and prediction not as deductive exercises but rather as exercises in flexible ad hocery that require stitching together diverse sources of information.’
- ‘The result of federal ad hocery was "see-saw" provincial social spending.’
- ‘When does ad hocery and its results reach its limits and strategic planning become necessary?’
- ‘This approach inevitably involves a certain amount of ad hocery.’
- ‘It really was a literary movement to some extent and then it gathered speed and artists came to it and they enjoyed the kind of rebelliousness of it, the ad hocery of it.’
Late 19th century: from ad hoc + -ery.
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