ipso facto

[ip-soh fak-toh]


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


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

Latin, literally "by that very fact."

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