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A.Word.A.Day--ipso facto

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This week's theme: Latin terms in English.

ipso facto (IP-so FAK-to) adverb

By the very fact or action.

[Latin ipso facto (by the fact itself).]

The counterpart of this term is ipso jure, which means by reason of a particular law.

See more usage examples of ipso facto in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"'Spiritually, I'm a New Yorker,' [Norman Mailer] said. 'If you grow up in Brooklyn, you're a New Yorker ipso facto.'" Colin Miner; Mailer on Bush, Obama & Writing; The Sun (New York); Jan 22, 2007.

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God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through. -Paul Valery, poet and philosopher (1871-1945)

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