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de fac·to

 (dĭ făk′tō, dā)
adj.
Existing in actuality, especially when contrary to or not established by law: de facto segregation; a de facto government.

[Latin dē factō : , from, according to + factō, ablative of factum, fact.]

de facto adv.

de facto

(deɪ ˈfæktəʊ)
adv
in fact
adj
existing in fact, whether legally recognized or not: a de facto regime. Compare de jure
n, pl -tos
Austral and NZ a de facto husband or wife
[C17: Latin]

de fac•to

(di ˈfæk toʊ, deɪ)
adv.
1. in fact; in reality.
adj.
2. actually existing, esp. without lawful authority (disting. from de jure): de facto segregation.
[1595–1605; < Latin: literally, from the fact]

de facto

A Latin phrase meaning in fact, used to describe something that exists in fact but not necessarily by right or agreement.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.de facto - 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"
real, existent - being or occurring in fact or actuality; having verified existence; not illusory; "real objects"; "real people; not ghosts"; "a film based on real life"; "a real illness"; "real humility"; "Life is real! Life is earnest!"- Longfellow
de jure - by right; according to law; "de jure recognition of the new government"
Adv.1.de facto - in reality or fact; "the result was, de facto, a one-party system"

de facto

adjective
1. actual, real, effective, existing a de facto recognition of the republic's independence
adverb
1. in fact, really, actually, in effect, in reality Unification has now de facto replaced the signing of such a treaty.
Translations

de facto

[deɪˈfæktəʊ] ADJ & ADVde facto, de hecho

de facto

[ˌdeɪˈfæktəʊ]
adj (= effective) → de fait
adv (= effectively) → de facto

de facto

adj advde facto

de facto

[deɪˈfæktəʊ] adj & adv (frm) → de facto inv