ex post facto

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ex post facto affecting things past "retroactive tax increase","an ex-post-facto law","retro pay"
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Usage

In literature:

So anxious is a young conscience to discover a palliative, that the ex post facto nature of a reason is of no account in excluding it.
"A Pair of Blue Eyes" by Thomas Hardy
A noble use of them had, however, been made, and again I was compelled to deal with the result in ex post facto manner.
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
"Democracy In America, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Alexis de Toqueville
Let not his memory be tried by principles found out ex post facto.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
Then my honourable friend says that this is an ex post facto law.
"The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed.
"Experiments in Government and the Essentials of the Constitution" by Elihu Root
No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
No bill of attainder or ex post facto law shall be passed.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
"A Short History of the United States" by Edward Channing
No bill of attainder, or ex-post-facto law, shall he passed.
"Elements of Civil Government" by Alexander L. Peterman
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In news:

Prisons And Prisoners – Commutation Procedures – No Ex Post Facto Violation.
Losing the space race ex post facto .
The man who raised a constitutional challenge to the propriety of his conviction of failing to register as a sex offender waived his ex post facto claim when he entered into a plea agreement, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Wednesday.
Enhancement isn't an ex post facto violation.
The enhancement of a man's conviction of operating a vehicle while intoxicated because of a prior OWI conviction did not constitute an ex post facto violation, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Monday.
Prisons And Prisoners – Parole Eligibility – Ex Post Facto Claim.
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In science:

Therefore, claiming ex post facto that a correct solution could be extracted from a wrong solution (once it is known what the correct solution is supposed to be) is fallacious reasoning.
Comments on: "Energetic balance for the Rayleigh--Stokes problem of an Oldroyd-B fluid" [Nonlinear Anal. RWA 12 (2011) 1]
Since these questions can be subtle however, we return to this point ex post facto in §3.5.
Viscous Shear Instability in Weakly Magnetized, Dilute Plasmas
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