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De facto (, , ) is a Latin expression that means "concerning fact." In law, it often means "in practice but not necessarily ordained by law" or "in practice or actuality, but not officially established." It is commonly used in contrast to de jure (which means "concerning the law") when referring to matters of law, governance, or technique (such as standards) that are found in the common experience as created or developed without or contrary to a regulation.

de facto adj : existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not; "de facto segregation is as real as segration imposed by law"; "a de facto state of war" [syn: {actual}, {factual}] [ant: {de jure}] adv : in reality or fact; "the result was, de facto, a one-party system"

19 Moby Thesaurus words for "de facto": absolute, actual, actually, authentic, factual, for real, genuine, genuinely, historical, honest-to-God, positive, real, really, substantial, true, truly, undeniable, veritable, veritably

Facto \Fac"to\, adv. [L., ablative of factum deed, fact.] (Law) In fact; by the act or fact. [1913 Webster] {De facto}. (Law) See {De facto}. [1913 Webster]

De facto \De` fac"to\ [L.] Actually; in fact; in reality; as, a king de facto, -- distinguished from a king de jure, or by right. [1913 Webster]


De jure (in Classical Latin de iure) is an expression that means "concerning law", as contrasted with de facto, which means "concerning fact".

de jure adj : by right; according to law; "de jure recognition of the new government" [ant: {de facto}] adv : by law; conforming to the law; "we are lawfully wedded now" [syn: {legally}, {lawfully}, {wrongfully}] [ant: {unlawfully}]

De jure \De` ju"re\ [L.] By right; of right; by law; -- often opposed to {de facto}. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • de-facto: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • de-facto: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • de-facto: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • de-facto: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • de-jure: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • de-jure: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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