Irrespective of all external considerations of right or wrong; absolutely; by the very deed itself. It sometimes means the act itself carries the consequences (as excommunication without sentence of excommunication being directly pronounced).
“Whatever the captain does is right ipso facto [i.e. because it is done by the captain], and any opposition to it is wrong, on board ship.” —R. H. Dana.
By burning the Pope's bull, Luther ipso facto [by the very deed itself] denied the Pope's supremacy. Heresy carries excommunication ipso facto.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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