having retroactive force; made or done subsequently: an ex post facto law.
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How to use ex post facto in a sentence
NRA defends the constitutional right to something similar, ex post facto.P.J. O’Rourke: Who Really Actually Wants This Bill of Rights? | P. J. O’Rourke | April 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The caution holds true for those weighing the ex post facto accounts of former presidents.
Now this was a novel experience—having my phone calls monitored, ex post facto, by a livid legislator.
Mrs. Bays and her husband had driven to town, and there was no need for ex post facto resolutions.A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties | Charles Major
They say the Taupou had a gun and fired; probably an excuse manufactured ex post facto.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
Other jurors claimed that they had decided Donnely was guilty, but that was probably an ex post facto switch.The Penal Cluster | Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
An ex post facto law was brought in with great precipitation, for annulling this dividend.
It would bring a little real militarism into the family and give a kind of ex post facto justification to his ancient title.Captain Jinks, Hero | Ernest Crosby
British Dictionary definitions for ex post facto
having retrospective effect: an ex post facto law
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Cultural definitions for ex post facto (1 of 2)
A descriptive term for an explanation or a law that is made up after an event and then applied to it: “The chairman's description of his plan sounds like an ex post facto attempt to justify an impulsive action.” Ex post facto is Latin for “from after the deed.”
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