|1.||Actually; in fact; in reality; |
|Adj.||1.||de facto - 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"|
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, i. e. in deed. A term used to denote a thing actually done; a president of the United States de facto is one in the exercise of the executive power, and is distinguished from one, who being legally entitled to such power is ejected from it; the latter would be a president de jure. An officer de facto is frequently considered as an officer de jure, and his official acts are of equal validity. 10 S. & R. 250; 4 Binn. R. 371; 11 S. & R. 411, 414; Coxe, 318; 9 Mass. 231; 10 Mass. 290; 15 Mass. 180; 5 Pick. 487.absolute, actual, actually, authentic, factual, for real, genuine, genuinely, historical, honest-to-God, positive, real, really, substantial, true, truly, undeniable, veritable, veritably