ipso facto

adverb
ip·​so fac·​to | \ ˈip-(ˌ)sō-ˈfak-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce ipso facto (audio) \

Definition of ipso facto

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ipso facto

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  • unnecessarily
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Examples of ipso facto in a Sentence

if we refuse to tolerate bigotry, do we become, ipso facto, as intolerant as those whom we condemn?
Recent Examples on the Web Democrats insist with great simplemindedness that making voting easier is, ipso facto, good. WSJ, "H.R.1 Is Democrats’ Survival Strategy for 2022," 26 Mar. 2021 Biden represents a return to the old status-quo assumption that more immigration is, ipso facto, a good thing. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Biden’s Immigration Radicalism," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ipso facto

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ipso facto

New Latin, literally, by the fact itself

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The first known use of ipso facto was in 1548

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31 Mar 2021

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“Ipso facto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ipso%20facto. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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ipso facto

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of ipso facto

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

ipso facto

adverb
ip·​so fac·​to | \ ˈip-sō-ˈfak-tō How to pronounce ipso facto (audio) \

Legal Definition of ipso facto

: by that very fact or act : as an inevitable result drove the getaway car and was ipso facto an accessory

History and Etymology for ipso facto

New Latin, literally, by the fact itself

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