Thursday, April 09, 2009

a.d. V Id. Apr.

ipso facto
Literal translation: by the fact itself
More common meaning: by that very fact

In an English sentence: The student’s outstanding grade point average qualified her,
ipso facto, to serve as the valedictorian of the graduating class.

Facto is a form of factum, the Latin word for “fact” or “deed.”

From Elizabeth Heimbach's book Latin Everywhere, Everyday