de facto


1de fac·to

adverb \di-ˈfak-(ˌ)tō, dā-, dē-\

Definition of DE FACTO

:  in reality :  actually

Origin of DE FACTO

Medieval Latin, literally, from the fact
First Known Use: 1601

2de facto

adjective

Definition of DE FACTO

1
:  actual; especially :  being such in effect though not formally recognized <a de facto state of war>
2
:  exercising power as if legally constituted <a de facto government>
3
:  resulting from economic or social factors rather than from laws or actions of the state <de facto segregation>

Examples of DE FACTO

  1. <with the death of his father, he became the de facto head of the family>

First Known Use of DE FACTO

circa 1689

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

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