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ad hoc

Until now, it’s been an ad hoc system of accountability.
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  improvised or impromptu; e.g., "an ad hoc committee meeting";


"for one specific case"; e.g., "a coordinated policy instead of ad hoc decisions"
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  • Until now, it’s been an ad hoc system of accountability.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The lack of criticism evidenced by our ad hoc community influenced me, and set a tone of tolerance for my life.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • All I have to do is draw it from an ad hoc spigot.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The ad hoc village that would serve as our home for the next six weeks sat at the head of a natural amphitheater delineated by forbidding mountain walls.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air

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  • I should like to see written up weekly at the door of the town hall on a board ad hoc* the names of all those who during the week got intoxicated on alcohol.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • "Your ad hoc messenger has not returned," he said.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • On the other hand, 1 would feel personally disgraced by diplomatic cooperation, even on a one-time ad hoc basis, between my own country and Austria.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Frank Millet unofficially kept watch over the buildings of the eastern architects during their lengthy absences from the park, lest some ad hoc decision cause irreparable aesthetic damage.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Medusa had asked a minor favor of the celebrated Gates, an inconsequential, perfectly acceptable staff appointment on an ad hoc government-oriented commission, and he had not even answered their phone calls!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • 255 (January 1984); "Report of Ad Hoc Committee on Privacy and Confidentiality," American Statistician 31, no.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
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Associated words [difficulty]:   ad hoc [8] , ad lib [7] , ad nauseam [7] , ad infinitum [8] , ad hominem [9]
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