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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



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Literally meaning "from the fact", de facto in English can be applied to anything that has the substance of something without its formal name. A de facto government is one that operates with all of the power of a regular government but without official recognition. De facto segregation isn't the result of laws, but can be just as real and deep-rooted as legally enforced segregation. The de facto leader of a group is just the one who all the rest seem to follow.

Origin and Etymology 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>



Examples of de facto in a sentence

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



Circa 1689

First Known Use of de facto

circa 1689


Law Dictionary

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de facto

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

Legal Definition of de facto

  1. :  in reality :  actually <these two constraints have been lifted, one de facto and one de jure — Susan Lee>



Origin and Etymology of de facto

Medieval Latin, literally, from the fact


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de facto

adjective de fac·to

Legal Definition of de facto

  1. 1 :  actual; especially :  being such in effect though not formally recognized — see also de facto segregation at segregation

  2. 2 :  exercising power as if legally constituted or authorized <a de facto government> <a de facto judge> — compare de jure





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