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"
in reality or fact
"the result was, de facto, a one-party system"
A legally undeclared spouse.
In practice; in actual use or existence, regardless of official or legal status.
In fact or in practice; in actual use or existence, regardless of official or legal status. (Often opposed to de jure.)
Origin: From de facto, de + ablative of factum
actually; in fact; in reality; as, a king de facto, -- distinguished from a king de jure, or by right
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".
The numerical value of de facto in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of de facto in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
So de facto we have freeze conditions.
This will de facto close the discussion.
They have a de facto veto over everything.
This is de facto discrimination and a gross injustice.
It is possible, but not very likely, that this would result in a de facto block of all domains not registered in China.
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