I am looking for either a literal Latin adjectival form of "ipso facto," or--more interestingly--an adjective with a very closely equivalent meaning to that of the adverb "ipso facto."

Though there seems to be a superabundance of words related to this concept across the disciplines of philosophy, math, and logic, I am looking for strict equivalence. (Variations on "a priori," "tautological," "self-evident," "axiomatic," "pleonastic"/"superfluous"/"redundant" and all forms of "empty"/"saying nothing" and "necessarily true" are farther than I'd like, semantically, from "ipso facto." The latter has an extremely precise and forceful meaning which I'd like to retain.)

I want to fill in the blank in the sentence

But this truth is _______.

...suggesting, in the manner of the anthropic principle, that something is necessarily true insofar as one is observing it.

  • What's wrong with any of the (adjectival) synonyms of ipso facto? "But the truth is ineluctable, inescapable, inevitable, necessary, unavoidable." – Jason Bassford Nov 8 at 20:48
  • Is it 'sui generis'? – Mitch Nov 8 at 20:58
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    It is rather unclear what is really sought here. Ipso facto is normally used in the sentences of the form 'X is ipso facto Y'. It is thus difficult to see how anything that would fill in the blank in 'X is ____' could be a form of ipso facto. – jsw29 Nov 9 at 2:00
  • I am not sure why you discarded the word axiomatic, since what you describe in the last sentence seems to match the definition of the word Axiom. Also, although I have a few suggestions, I suspect nobody can truly answer this question without knowing your exact understanding of the term ipso facto (I suspect it may differ from the normal definition because of the given context.) Please edit the question to clarify these portions of it. – Tonepoet Nov 10 at 17:36
  • Consequential?? – alwayslearning Nov 10 at 18:10

Contextually we commonly use thus or therefore.

But this truth is thus.

or adapt it to be used before

But this truth is therefore ...

or better still

Ipso facto is self-evidently, truly, factually or undeniably Latin.

Whilst writing we juggle concepts, and may thus return to say

But this truth is self-evident / truthful / factual / indisputable or undeniable.

  • Therefor is not the same as therefore; see this. – TimLymington Nov 8 at 20:16
  • @TimLymington Many thanks. My Latin teacher would be horrified, I rely to much on a spell cheeker . just as it accepted all those. – KJO Nov 8 at 20:50
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    Do you mean you rely too much on a spell checker? :) – Jason Bassford Nov 8 at 20:58
  • These are all adverbs, but the request was for an adjective. – tchrist Nov 10 at 16:18
  • @tchrist Thanks, evidently needed to change order – KJO Nov 10 at 16:26

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