from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Formulated, enacted, or operating retroactively.
from The Century Dictionary.
- From a subsequent state of facts; from a later point of view; with reference to a former state of facts; retrospectively: as, the transaction was made void by matter ex post facto; a lease made by a life tenant to run beyond his own life may be confirmed ex post facto by the rever-sioner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- (Law) From or by an after act, or thing done afterward; in consequence of a subsequent act; retrospective.
- a law which operates by after enactment. The phrase is popularly applied to any law, civil or criminal, which is enacted with a retrospective effect, and with intention to produce that effect; but in its true application, as employed in American law, it relates only to crimes, and signifies a law which retroacts, by way of criminal punishment, upon that which was not a crime before its passage, or which raises the grade of an offense, or renders an act punishable in a more severe manner that it was when committed.
Ex post facto lawsare held to be contrary to the fundamental principles of a free government, and the States are prohibited from passing such laws by the Constitution of the United States.
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- adjective law
Formulatedor enactedafter some event, and then retroactively appliedto it.
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- adjective affecting things past
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Latin ex postfactō : ex, from + postfactō, ablative of postfactum, that which is done afterward.]
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From Latin ex ("from") + post ("after") + facto, ablative of factum ("deed")
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