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ad hoc

Created when necessary for a specific purpose (as opposed to being planned or prepared in advance). The phrase is Latin for "to this." Let's form an ad hoc committee to make some recommendations to the board, and then we'll decide how to address this issue. Ad hoc wireless networks often present security risks to unsuspecting mobile device users.
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ad hoc

For the special purpose or end at hand; also, by extension, improvised or impromptu. The term, Latin for "to this," is most often used for committees established for a specific purpose, as in The committee was formed ad hoc to address health insurance problems. The term is also used as an adjective ( An ad hoc committee was formed), and has given rise to the noun adhocism for the tendency to use temporary, provisional, or improvised methods to deal with a particular problem. [Early 1600s]
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ˌad ˈhoc

(from Latin) arranged or happening when necessary and not planned in advance: The meetings will be held on an ad hoc basis.
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Nuestras categorizaciones y conceptualizaciones del mundo fijadas en la memoria a largo plazo pueden dar paso a otras denominadas ad hoc (Barsalou, 1983), categorias que no estan bien establecidas en la memoria y que aparecen solo en un contexto.
Contemporary terrorism and insurgency: Selected case studies and responses, Hough, M, Kruys, G P H and A du Plessis, ISBN 1-86854-632-2, 107 pages, Ad Hoc No 42, November 2005.
Traditional security mechanisms, such as authentication protocols, digital signature, and encryption, still play important roles in achieving confidentiality, integrity, authentication, and non-repudiation of communication in ad hoc networks.
Will the Ad Hoc group open its work and findings to the inspection of the Parliament of Canada and to international human rights, media and Indigenous organizations?
Ad hoc processes are typically stopgap measures designed to solve immediate problems as quickly and easily as possible.
The night before any upcoming event, the sitting ad hoc committee and the Cultural Traditions Committee have worked together to decorate the cafeteria and 42nd Street, an area of The Home that is easily accessible to residents and staff.
carry 12st at Wincanton and Ogden's racing manager Barry Simpson said: "It's a hard race and Ad Hoc would have been starting the season with a big weight.
Until the Ad Hoc committee issued a news release in March 1983, most Canadian Catholic women were unaware that someone was speaking on their behalf to the Catholic Bishops without their knowledge or consent.
The march continues to remain financially and politically unaccountable to the community it claims to represent," says Bill Dobbs, a member of the Ad Hoc Committee.
They established an ad hoc committee to examine the code and recommend possible revisions to the Faculty Senate.
In this article, we examine several ways in which actual and potential overload affects research choices for the solo researcher, paying special attention to the creation of ad hoc idiosyncratic specialties.
The ad hoc committee that formed to petition NRA to admit a new division included: