Definition of ad hocery in English:

ad hocery

(also ad hockery)


mass nouninformal
  • The use of improvised measures rather than general long-term strategies.

    ‘today's problems are too urgent and complex to rely on ad hocery’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    expediency, exploitation, taking advantage, machiavellianism, manoeuvring, pragmatism, realism, unscrupulousness
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Late 19th century: from ad hoc + -ery.


ad hocery

/ad ˈhɒk(ə)ri/