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de facto

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adverb de fac·to \di-ˈfak-(ˌ)tō, dā-, dē-\

Definition of de facto

  1. :  in reality :  actually



Origin of de facto

Medieval Latin, literally, from the fact


First Known Use: 1601


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de facto

adjective de fac·to

Definition of de facto

  1. 1 :  actual; especially :  being such in effect though not formally recognized <a de facto state of war>

  2. 2 :  exercising power as if legally constituted <a de facto government>

  3. 3 :  resulting from economic or social factors rather than from laws or actions of the state <de facto segregation>





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