de jure

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adverb or adjective de ju·re \(ˌ)dē-ˈju̇r-ē, (ˌ)dā-ˈyu̇r-\

Definition of de jure

  1. 1 :  by right :  of right

  2. 2 :  based on laws or actions of the state <de jure segregation>

Did You Know?

Coming straight from Latin, de jure is a term used mostly, but not always, in legal writing. Sometimes it's not enough to have something written into law; if a law isn't enforced, it might as well not exist. And if ordinary citizens are too scared of what would happen to them if they exercised their rights, then they don't really have those rights at all. Unfortunately, many countries have constitutions and laws that sound good but turn out not to have much effect. So de jure is almost always used in contrast to something else; its opposite is de facto.

Origin and Etymology of de jure

Medieval Latin


First Known Use: 1611


DE JURE Defined for English Language Learners

de jure

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adverb or adjective de ju·re \(ˌ)dē-ˈju̇r-ē, (ˌ)dā-ˈyu̇r-\

Definition of de jure for English Language Learners

  • law : based on or according to the law


Law Dictionary

de jure

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adverb or adjective de ju·re \dē-ˈju̇r-ē, dā-ˈyu̇r-ā\

Legal Definition of de jure

  1. 1 :  by right :  of right <a de jure officer>

  2. 2 :  in accordance with law — see also de jure segregation at segregation — compare de facto

Origin and Etymology of de jure

Medieval Latin, literally, from the law



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