ex post facto


ex post facto
ex post facto
is a legal phrase meaning ‘with retrospective action or force’, as in increasing its guilt ex post facto / ex post facto laws. Strictly speaking, as Fowler (1926) noted, the spelling should be ex postfacto (meaning ‘on the basis of the later enactment’), but the phrase has been written as three words since the 17c.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • post facto — >> ex post facto. Webster s New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000 …   Law dictionary

  • post facto — After the fact; after the commission of the crime. See ex post facto …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • post facto — /powst fsktow/ After the fact. See ex post fact …   Black's law dictionary

  • ex post facto — 1 / eks ˌpōst fak tō/ adv [Late Latin, literally, from a thing done afterward]: after the fact: retroactively cannot judge ex post facto ex post facto 2 adj 1: done, made, or formulated after the fact …   Law dictionary

  • Ex-post-facto — Das Forschungsdesign (auch Untersuchungsdesign, Untersuchungs oder Versuchsanordnung, Versuchsplan) ist die Grundlage jeder wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung. Es beschreibt, wie die empirische Fragestellung untersucht werden soll. Es beinhaltet die …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ex post facto — Das Forschungsdesign (auch Untersuchungsdesign, Untersuchungs oder Versuchsanordnung, Versuchsplan) ist die Grundlage jeder wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung. Es beschreibt, wie die empirische Fragestellung untersucht werden soll. Es beinhaltet die …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ex post facto — Ex post fac to, or ||Ex postfacto Ex post fac to ([e^]ks p[=o]st f[a^]k t[ o]). [L., from what is done afterwards.] (Law) From or by an after act, or thing done afterward; in consequence of a subsequent act; retrospective. {Ex post facto law}, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ex Post Facto — may refer to:* Ex Post Facto ( Voyager episode), the eighth episode of Star Trek: Voyager * Ex post facto law, law that retroactively changes the legal consequences of acts committed prior to the enactment of the law …   Wikipedia

  • ex post facto — [eks΄ pōst fak′tō] adj. [L, from (the thing) done afterward] done or made afterward, esp. when having retroactive effect [an ex post facto law] …   English World dictionary

  • ex post facto — I. adverb Etymology: Late Latin, literally, from a thing done afterward Date: 1621 after the fact ; retroactively II. adjective Date: 1787 done, made, or formulated after the fact ; retroactive < ex post facto approval > < …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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