post factum

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin: "after the fact"

Adverb[edit]

post factum (not comparable)

  1. After the fact; after the focus of an activity has already occurred.
    • 2008, Adam Winn, The Purpose of Mark's Gospel, ISBN 3161496353, page 67:
      But if Mark recorded this prophecy post factum, he risked nothing and, as we have demonstrated above, he gained a great deal (Jesus is confirmed as a great prophet, God is understood as in control in the midst of crisis, encouragement is given to confused and frightened disciples, and the power of Rome is disarmed).
    • 2012, Anne E. Mills, The Acquisition of Gender: A Study of English and German, ISBN 3642713629, page 143:
      It was not found necessary either in the formulation of the hypotheses or in the explanations offered post factum to appeal to any innate language-specific capacity.

Adjective[edit]

post factum (not comparable)

  1. After the fact; occurring after the focus of an activity has already occurred.
    • 2010, John K. Rhoads, Critical Issues in Social Theory, ISBN 027104005X, page 34:
      Merton cautioned against confusing post factum sociological interpretations with social theory.
    • 2014, Paul Rodgers & ‎Joyce Yee, The Routledge Companion to Design Research, ISBN 1317636252, page 365:
      Parallel to this is an interest in the notion of post factum documentation, that is, when the 'designerly' drawings have supposedly stopped.