ex post facto


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ex post fac·to

 (ĕks′ pōst făk′tō)
adj.
Formulated, enacted, or operating retroactively: "When we apply today's morality to yesterday's mores, we indulge in ex post facto judgment" (William Safire).

[Latin ex postfactō : ex, from + postfactō, ablative of postfactum, that which is done afterward.]

ex post facto

(ɛks pəʊst ˈfæktəʊ)
adj
having retrospective effect: an ex post facto law.
[C17: from Latin ex from + post afterwards + factus done, from facere to do]

ex post fac•to

(ˈɛks ˌpoʊst ˈfæk toʊ)
adv., adj.
1. after the fact; subsequently; retroactively.
2. having retroactive force: an ex post facto law.
[1625–35; < Latin: from a thing done afterward]

ex post facto

A Latin phrase meaning after the deed, used to describe something that is retrospective in effect.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ex post facto - affecting things past; "retroactive tax increase"; "an ex-post-facto law"; "retro pay"
retrospective - concerned with or related to the past; "retrospective self-justification"
References in classic literature ?
"No State shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit bills of credit; make any thing but gold and silver a legal tender in payment of debts; pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts; or grant any title of nobility."
Bills of attainder, ex post facto laws, and laws impairing the obligation of contracts, are contrary to the first principles of the social compact, and to every principle of sound legislation.
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.
By a limited Constitution, I understand one which contains certain specified exceptions to the legislative authority; such, for instance, as that it shall pass no bills of attainder, no ex post facto laws, and the like.
It is probable that both these representations were of ex post facto origin; the young gentleman (whose expressive name was Sparkler) being monomaniacal in offering marriage to all manner of undesirable young ladies, and in remarking of every successive young lady to whom he tendered a matrimonial proposal that she was
A noble use of them had, however, been made, and again I was compelled to deal with the result in ex post facto manner.
ex post facto law, by which a man shall be punished criminally or penally, by loss of life, of his liberty, property, or reputation, for an act which, at the time of its commission, violated no existing law of the land").
To the mildly depressed New York art sector, circa 1992, they looked like just what the doctor ordered - color therapy, a cleansing of the palette, new blood - and they came on like cheeky ripostes, twenty years ex post facto but still welcome, to Brice Marden's waxy, matte, monochrome paintings of the late '60s, which also had a young, sexy vibe and a privately conceived template of human scale.
The High Court found that the law "presented no constitutional violations"--that it does not violate the Constitution's double jeopardy prohibition or its ban on ex post facto lawmaking.
However praiseworthy, even necessary, one may find the effort to uncover women's largely silenced experience in the medieval and early modern periods, applying arbitrary multipliers for the purpose of ex post facto quota-filling distorts the sources.
Ex post facto legislation significantly altering the tax treatment of good faith transactions will heighten public cynicism about the Canadian income tax system.