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Post hoc (sometimes written as post-hoc) is a Latin phrase, meaning "after this" or "after the event".
It may refer to:
- Formulated after the fact (e.g., a post hoc rationalization, a post hoc justification, a post hoc explanation, post hoc reasoning)
- Post hoc ergo propter hoc (after this, therefore because of this), a logical fallacy of causation
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Often used in psychological terms to describe an element of emotionally motivated reasoning in psychology