: occurring, done, or made after something has happened
after-the-fact approval
an after-the-fact review

Examples of after-the-fact in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Governor's Office announced the budget signing in an after-the-fact news release Friday morning. Stacey Barchenger, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2023 Their after-the-fact objection set off debate over how Flynn should be remembered and what role, if any, the state should play in acknowledging her. Steven Porter,, 5 May 2023 The typical filing deadline for the estate tax is nine months after death, though it can be extended an additional six months; an after-the-fact legal tussle with the IRS could presumably add more time. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 27 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of after-the-fact was in 1633

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Cite this Entry

“After-the-fact.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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