ipso facto

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for ipso facto



  • 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 Next, the court pointed out that there were serious procedural flaws in the issuance of the garnishment summons, so severe in fact that the garnishment of the funds was ipso facto invalid and the funds would have to be returned to the LLC. Jay Adkisson, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 All articles that coruscate with resplendence are not, ipso facto, auriferous. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 Any disparity in disciplinary actions or enrollments is also ipso facto evidence of implicit racial bias. WSJ, 8 July 2021 Democrats insist with great simplemindedness that making voting easier is, ipso facto, good. WSJ, 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, 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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“Ipso facto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ipso%20facto. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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ipso facto

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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