Definition of "hoc" []

  • Latin for this (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "hoc" in a sentence
  • "This gives rise to what is known in technical logic as the _post hoc ergo propter hoc_ fallacy; that is, the assumption that because one thing happens after another, therefore it happens _because_ of it."
  • "They may induce him hereafter to study the subject thoroughly in a complete treatise, when he has leisure and opportunity; but, in any case, a boy will leave school all the better prepared for the work of life, whatever that work may be, if he knows the meaning of _induction_, and has been cautioned against the error, _post hoc, ergo propter hoc_."
  • "Of the errors in reasoning about a cause none is more common than that known by the older logic as _post hoc, ergo propter hoc_ (after this, therefore on account of it), or more briefly, the _post hoc_ fallacy."