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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
de facto
adjective
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▪ Hyland is the department's de facto director.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
De facto

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.

De facto

Facto \Fac"to\, adv. [L., ablative of factum deed, fact.] (Law) In fact; by the act or fact.

De facto. (Law) See De facto.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
de facto

Latin, literally "in fact, in reality," thus, "existing, but not necessarily legally ordained;" from facto, ablative of factum "deed, act" (see fact).

Wiktionary
de facto

a. In fact or in practice; in actual use or existence, regardless of official or legal status. (Often opposed to (term: de jure).) adv. (context modal English) In practice; in actual use or existence, regardless of official or legal status. alt. (context Australia NZ English) A legally undeclared spouse; a partner in a spousal relationship which is not officially declared as a marriage, comparable to / a common law husband or wife. n. (context Australia NZ English) A legally undeclared spouse; a partner in a spousal relationship which is not officially declared as a marriage, comparable to / a common law husband or wife.

WordNet
de facto
  1. 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]

  2. adv. in reality or fact; "the result was, de facto, a one-party system"

Wikipedia
De facto

De facto (, , ) is a Latin expression that means "in fact, in reality, in actual existence, force, or possession, as a matter of fact" (literally "of 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 (which means "according to (the) law"; literally "from 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. When discussing a legal situation, de jure designates what the law says, while de facto designates action of what happens in practice.

De Facto (band)

De Facto was a dub reggae band which included Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodríguez-López, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens and Jeremy Michael Ward.

De Facto (Marčelo album)

De Facto is debut album by Marčelo released in 2003. It was one of the best selling albums in 2003. The most critics were risen around song "Kuća na promaji" which in short defines Marčelo's style: very personal colorful criticism over political situation in Serbia.

De Facto (De Facto album)

De Facto is the first EP by the dub reggae band De Facto. It was recorded in June 1999 at Jeremy Ward's home studio Pagan Roma and released on Headquarter Records (spelled as "Head 1/4" on paper insert) as a limited vinyl pressing, and is currently very hard to find.

The EP was later repackaged and released as How Do You Dub? You Fight For Dub. You Plug Dub In.

De facto (disambiguation)

De facto is a Latin expression that means "by [the] fact".

De Facto may also refer to:

  • De Facto (band), a dub reggae band
  • De Facto (De Facto album), 1999
  • De Facto (Marčelo album), 2003

Usage examples of "de facto".

As the de facto campaign manager, I felt like a man who had started some kind of bloody gang-fight by accident.

During the first two years of Bill's first term, she was a de facto chief of staff.

By that point, Saddam had eclipsed Bakr as the de facto ruler of the country, although it was not until 1977, when Saddam convinced Bakr to give up his secondary position as defense minister, that Saddam's position truly became unassailable.

The Turks fear that Iraqi Kurdistan's state of de facto independence is encouraging Turkey's own Kurdish minority to seek the same.

The working aspects of the castle, such as the stables, were built inward from the outer walls, and the irregular space between the hall and the expanded walls formed the de facto courtyard.

Father Captain Federico de Soya was returned to life on Pacem and had spent two weeks as a de facto prisoner in the Vatican Rectory of the Legionaries of Christ.

You've earned any honor I could bestow upon you in your own right, and you were Lady Harrington's Regent and the de facto Steadholder whenever her naval duty took her off-planet.