Definition:De facto

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Etymology

A Latin expression that means "in fact" or "in practice" or "in reality"

Adjective

de facto

  1. Actual.
  2. Virtual, being such in effect or essence (rather than literally in fact) though not formally or wholly taken for granted, as opposed to de jure.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:Context 1) Of a political or military leader, exercising power without being legally established.
    • Although the United States currently has no official language, it is largely monolingual with English being the de facto national language.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:Context 1) Of hardware or software, being widely used, but not conforming to a standard.

Antonyms

  • de jure

Adverb

de facto

  1. in reality

Noun

de facto

  1. A legally undeclared spouse. Usually spelled defacto.

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