ipso facto

[ip-soh fak-toh]


by the fact itself; by the very nature of the deed: to be condemned ipso facto.

Nearby words

  1. ipsambul,
  2. ipse dixit,
  3. ipseity,
  4. ipsilateral,
  5. ipsissima verba,
  6. ipso jure,
  7. ipsus,
  8. ipswich,
  9. ipv,
  10. iq

Origin of ipso facto

First recorded in 1540–50, ipso facto is from the Latin word ipsō factō

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British Dictionary definitions for ipso facto

ipso facto


by that very fact or actipso facto his guilt was apparent

Word Origin for ipso facto

from Latin

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Word Origin and History for ipso facto

ipso facto

Latin, literally "by that very fact."

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