Definition of post hoc in English:

post hoc


  • Occurring or done after the event, especially with reference to the fallacious assumption that the occurrence in question has a logical relationship with the event it follows.

    ‘this rhetoric offers a post hoc justification for the changes’
    • ‘The results of my study were negative, and the journal reviewer insists that I perform a post hoc power calculation.’
    • ‘The above news reports mislead many readers into interpreting correlation as cause; post hoc as propter hoc; speculation as facts.’
    • ‘Thus, post hoc tests, such as linear contrasts, template correlations, and pairwise comparisons are used.’


  • After the event.


Latin, literally ‘after this’.


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