[eks pohst fak-toh] /ˈɛks ˌpoʊst ˈfæk toʊ/

from or by subsequent action; subsequently; retrospectively; retroactively.
having retroactive force; made or done subsequently:
an ex post facto law.
/ɛks pəʊst ˈfæktəʊ/
having retrospective effect: an ex post facto law

from Medieval Latin ex postfacto, “from what is done afterwards.”
ex post facto [(eks pohst fak-toh)]

An explanation or regulation concocted after the event, sometimes misleading or unjust: “Your ex post facto defense won’t stand up in court.” (See ex post facto law.) From Latin, meaning “after the deed.”
ex post facto [(eks pohst fak-toh)]

A descriptive term for an explanation or a law that is made up after an event and then applied to it: “The chairman’s description of his plan sounds like an ex post facto attempt to justify an impulsive action.” Ex post facto is Latin for “from after the deed.”


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