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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 became the leader de facto

Origin and Etymology of de facto

Medieval Latin, literally, from the fact


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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 Whatever it says on the calendar, Florida has de facto summer. — E. L. Konigsburg has become the movement's de facto spokesperson

  2. 2 :  exercising power as if legally constituted a de facto government the de facto head of state

  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

Origin and Etymology of de facto

see 1de 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

  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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