Meaning of after the fact in English:

after the fact


  • 1After the committing of a crime.

    ‘he was guilty of being an accessory after the fact’
    • ‘The more open they are, the less likely they are to wind up indicted for crimes after the fact.’
    • ‘All those, although very crucial to crime prevention, are before the fact.’
    • ‘Yet when doing so they always sought congressional authority, even if after the fact.’
    • ‘He conceded that the publication of secret information could be punished after the fact.’
    • ‘The plaintiffs did not authorize many specific transactions but were aware of them after the fact.’
    • ‘David had been found out and his explanation is after the fact rationalization to put the best face forward on the matter.’
    • ‘Whenever an instrument tells a lie about some alleged past fact it purports to be made after the fact occurred.’
    • ‘First, the photographer snapped it while the lynching was in progress and not after the fact.’
    • ‘Families often learn several days after the fact that their relative was a suicide bomber.’
    • ‘Why does the department cover up for the chief assassin of its officers thirty years after the fact?’
    event, happening, occurrence, incident, act, deed
    1. 1.1After an event has taken place.
      • ‘he said he was informed about the ceremony only after the fact’