What does de facto mean?

Definitions for de factodi ˈfæk toʊ, deɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word de facto.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. de facto(adverb)

    existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not

    "de facto segregation is as real as segregation imposed by law"; "a de facto state of war"

  2. de facto(adverb)

    in reality or fact

    "the result was, de facto, a one-party system"


  1. de facto(Noun)

    A legally undeclared spouse.

  2. de facto(Adverb)

    In practice; in actual use or existence, regardless of official or legal status.

  3. de facto(Adjective)

    In fact or in practice; in actual use or existence, regardless of official or legal status. (Often opposed to de jure.)

  4. Origin: From de facto, de + ablative of factum

Webster Dictionary

  1. De facto

    actually; in fact; in reality; as, a king de facto, -- distinguished from a king de jure, or by right

  2. Origin: [L.]


  1. De facto

    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 when referring to matters of law, governance, or technique that are found in the common experience as created or developed without or contrary to a regulation. When discussing a legal situation, de jure designates what the law says, while de facto designates action of what happens in practice. It is analogous and similar to the expressions "for all intents and purposes" or "in fact".


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of de facto in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of de facto in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Amnesty International Director:

    Since Russia annexed Crimea, the de facto authorities are using a vast array of bully boy tactics to crack down on dissent.

  2. Menachem Klein:

    We are already in one regime, the government doesn't plan to stop this de facto annexation and the Palestinian Authority has no strategy to stop it.

  3. Antonio Giustozzi:

    There is also a concern for the long-term solidity of this representation __ maybe embedding some form of permanent power for clerics in the constitution or some de facto Taliban-controlled paramilitary force.

  4. Chris Christie in New Hampshire:

    We need leadership in Washington again that understands that closing down the government isn't the right thing to do, when you're hired to govern, and you close down the government, it seems to me a de facto failure.

  5. Med Jones:

    One main reason the US has been able to prevent its currency and economy from collapsing, despite the latest wars, huge debt and massive currency printing, is because the dollar is the de-facto standard for international trade and reserve currency.

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