Definition of de facto
- a de facto state of war
- Whatever it says on the calendar, Florida has de facto summer.
- —E. L. Konigsburg
- has become the movement's de facto spokesperson
- a de facto government
- the de facto head of state
- de facto segregation
Examples of de facto in a Sentence
with the death of his father, he became the de facto head of the family
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Noriega, however, was the de facto ruler of Panama, not the president, at the time of his indictment for taking millions in payoffs to make secure airstrips available to drug traffickers.
Hammond eliminated all low-track classes and then, to eradicate de facto ability grouping, carefully enrolled English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with special needs across the school’s classrooms.
Refusing to fund the procedure, the women argued, was a de facto ban on their right to decide for themselves.
Meche is the de facto spokesman for the crawfishermen.
My father came up through a time when the justice system was used as a de facto slavery for hundreds of thousands of black men in the South, and when lynching was still a very real threat.
Achieving de facto recognition as a nuclear state and joining the global community as a peer would be an audacious, unlikely transformation for long-suffering North Korea.
Mayor Koch called for a Charter Review Commission, tasked with rewriting the city’s de facto Constitution, and asked Frederick A.O. Schwarz, an heir to the former Fifth Avenue toy store, to lead it.
Throngs lined the streets of the East Bay’s de facto capital, sitting on bus stops, leaning out of windows, all screaming and chanting.
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