post hoc

Definition of "post hoc"
  1. A flawed reasoning that identifies something as the cause of an event merely because it occurred earlier in time
How to use "post hoc" in a sentence
  1. He suffered a stomachache after eating the apple, but claiming the apple caused it would be a post hoc fallacy.
  2. Blaming the rain for the team's loss just because it came first would be a post hoc argument.
  3. She attributed her success to the lucky penny she found that morning, displaying a classic case of post hoc reasoning.

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