de facto [ dee -fak-toh, dey ]
1. in fact; in reality: Although his title was prime minister, he was de facto president of the country. Although the school was said to be open to all qualified students, it still practiced de facto segregation.
2. actually existing, especially when without lawful authority (distinguished from de jure).
3. Australian. a person who lives in an intimate relationship with but is not married to a person of the opposite sex; lover.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH DE FACTO
WORDS RELATED TO DE FACTO
existing, actual, factual, real, in fact, in reality, actually, in effect, really, tangible, truly, genuinely, veritably
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Origin: First recorded in 1595–1605, de facto is from Latin dē factō literally, “from the fact”
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