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Ipso facto

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Meaning of Ipso facto
The English meaning and translation of this Latin phrase is as follows:

 "By the fact itself"

Definition of Ipso facto
The meaning and definition of this famous Latin expression is typically used to emphasize a contradiction. An example of this in a sentence is "My boss says I have failed, but, ipso facto, I've succeeded." It is usually used to emphasize differences or problems of perspective.

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Examples of "Ipso facto"
In ancient Rome Lucius Cornelius Sulla had the Senate draw up a list of those he considered enemies of the state. The names were published in the Forum and any man who appeared on the list was ipso facto stripped of his citizenship and excluded from all legal protection. Any informers were given a reward if the unfortunate man was captured and executed.

Another good example is "To the ancient Romans, anyone who did not speak Latin was, ipso facto, a barbarian."

In 1520 Pope Leo X issued a papal bull giving extraordinary powers to Philip of Burgundy that gave him the power to revoke previous action "...and that all such proceedings should be, ipso facto, null and void".

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Ipso facto
Examples of the use of the famous Latin phrase "Ipso facto" can be found in schools and in the modern workplace. It is, however, a term of that is typically used in law, philosophy and science. The popular Latin phrase or expression "Ipso facto" is
so familiar that it has become part of our own language. The meaning of the expression is "By the fact itself".

The famous Elizabethan playwright, Christopher Marlowe, used the term as follows:

"Faustus had signed his life away, and was, ipso facto, incapable of repentance."


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