ipso facto

ip·so fac·to

adverb \ˈip-(ˌ)sō-ˈfak-(ˌ)tō\

: because of that fact : because of the fact that has just been mentioned

Full Definition of IPSO FACTO

:  by that very fact or act :  as an inevitable result

Examples of IPSO FACTO

  1. <if we refuse to tolerate bigotry, do we become, ipso facto, as intolerant as those whom we condemn?>

Origin of IPSO FACTO

New Latin, literally, by the fact itself
First Known Use: 1548


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