ipso facto

[ ip-soh fak-toh ]
/ ˈɪp soʊ ˈfæk toʊ /


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

Words nearby ipso facto

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
/ (ˈɪpsəʊ ˈfæktəʊ) /


by that very fact or actipso facto his guilt was apparent

Word Origin for ipso facto

from Latin
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