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de facto

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

Definition of de facto

:in reality :actually
  • became the leader de facto

Origin and Etymology of de facto

Medieval Latin, literally, from the fact


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de facto

adjective

Definition of de facto

1 :actual; especially :being such in effect though not formally recognized
  • 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
2 :exercising power as if legally constituted
  • a de facto government
  • the de facto head of state
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

Origin and Etymology of de facto


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

: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

legal Definition of de facto

1 :actual; especially :being such in effect though not formally recognized — see also de facto segregation at segregation
2 :exercising power as if legally constituted or authorized
  • a de facto government
  • a de facto judge
— compare de jure


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