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de fac·to(dĭ făk′tō, dā)
Existing in actuality, especially when contrary to or not established by law: de facto segregation; a de facto government.
[Latin dē factō : dē, from, according to + factō, ablative of factum, fact.]
de facto adv.
de facto(deɪ ˈfæktəʊ)
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
de fac•to(di ˈfæk toʊ, deɪ)
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]
A Latin phrase meaning in fact, used to describe something that exists in fact but not necessarily by right or agreement.
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|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"|