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ipso facto

[ip-soh fak-toh]
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  1. by the fact itself; by the very nature of the deed: to be condemned ipso facto.
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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

  1. by that very fact or actipso facto his guilt was apparent
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Word Origin

from Latin
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Word Origin and History for ipso facto

Latin, literally "by that very fact."

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