Define: Ad Hoc Committee

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Definition: Ad Hoc Committee


Quick Summary of Ad Hoc Committee


An Ad Hoc Committee is a temporary committee formed for a specific task or objective and dissolved after the completion of the task or achievement of the objective.



What is the dictionary definition of Ad Hoc Committee?

Dictionary Definition


An Ad hoc committee is a group of people assembled to address a specific issue.

A committee formed for a specific task or objective and dissolved after the completion of the task or achievement of the objective. Most committees (other than the standing committees) are of the ad hoc variety.


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Full Definition of Ad Hoc Committee


An Ad Hoc Committee is a temporary committee formed for a specific task or objective and dissolved after the completion of the task or achievement of the committee’s objective.

They are typically formed for very specific situations and its members are usually not limited to a particular field of expertise or an academic branch.

These committees in effect, act as a temporary task force to deal with a particular problem or issue.

In business environments, ad hoc committees are normally assembled to tackle specific company issues like finances, production or marketing scenarios.

With the exception of standing committees, most committees are of the ad hoc variety.


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Examples of Ad Hoc Committee in a sentence


For a while, I was the chairperson of the ad hoc committee, but I realised that as soon as the project was completed, I would have to go back to my lowly position as an assistant.
Our ad hoc committee has been working extremely well together and we’re now confident as to what we’re going to do next.


Ad Hoc Committee FAQ's


What is an ad hoc member of a committee?

Ad hoc members have standing appointments with the committee and will be called to assist in matters when the regular voting membership requires additional information. Ad hoc members may vote only on the specific issues for which they were consulted.

What is the difference between a standing committee and an ad hoc committee?

Standing Committees are constituted every year or frequently and they work on a continuous basis. Ad hoc committees are temporary structures and are created for a specific task. Once that task is completed, the ad hoc committee ceases to exist.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Ad Hoc Committee are sourced/syndicated from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • BusinessDictionary.com
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 27th August 2019.