Definition of Ex post facto

1. Adjective. Affecting things past. "Retro pay"

Exact synonyms: Retro, Retroactive
Similar to: Retrospective
Derivative terms: Retro

Definition of Ex post facto

1. Adjective. Retroactive ¹

2. Adjective. (legal) Formulated or enacted after some event, and then retroactively applied to it. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ex Post Facto

ex ante
ex cathedra
ex facie
ex gratia
ex hypothesi
ex libris
ex negativo
ex nihilo
ex nomine
ex nunc
ex officio
ex parte
ex post
ex post facto (current term)
ex professo
ex proprio motu
ex rerum natura
ex stock
ex stocks
ex tempore
ex tunc
ex vi termini
ex vivo

Literary usage of Ex post facto

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1889)
"Colorado Statute a» to murder, ex post facto law—greater punishment—law pawed ... As to constitutionality of ex post facto laws, see antes to Calder v. ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"There is still a more unreasonable method than this, which is called making of laws ex post facto (after the fact), when after an action, indifferent in ..."

3. Statutes and Statutory Construction: Including a Discussion of Legislative by Jabez Gridley Sutherland (1904)
"... of a general statute of amnesty is ex post facto as to offenses previously committed.88 § 653 (468). Particular acts held not to be ex post facto. ..."

4. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent (1866)
"Peck, (b) it was observed that an ex post facto law was one which rendered an act punishable in a manner in which tary of War, on the same side. ..."

5. The United States and the States Under the Constitution by Christopher Stuart Patterson (1888)
"The distinction between retrospective and ex post facto laws. 80. ex post facto laws defined. 81. Illustrations Of ex post facto laws. 82. ..."

6. Due Process of Law Under the Federal Constitution by Lucius Polk McGehee (1906)
"What laws are ex post facto. ex post facto Laws and Bills of Attainder. The Federal Constitution prohibits Congress from passing any bill of attainder or ex ..."

7. A Digest of the Laws of England by John Comyns, Anthony Hammond (1824)
"For matters ex post facto, — death of the justic es, &c. 1. ... Formatters ex post facto, — act of the party, — coverture, bankruptcy, and insolvency. 2. ..."

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