Saturday, August 18, 2012

THE FIRST WORD


ex post facto

PRONUNCIATION:
(EKS post FAK-toh) 

MEANING:
adjective, adverb: After the fact; retroactively.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin ex postfacto (after the fact). Earliest documented use: 1632.

USAGE:
"One of the ex post facto justifications for the Iraq war: that the invasion was necessary on humanitarian grounds."
Fighting for Survival; The Economist (London, UK); Nov 18, 2004.

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