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de facto segregation

[dee fak-toh seg-ruh-gey-shuh n, dey fak-toh] /di ˈfæk toʊ ˌsɛg rəˈgeɪ ʃən, deɪ ˈfæk toʊ/
racial, ethnic, or other segregation resulting from societal differences between groups, as socioeconomic or political disparity, without institutionalized legislation intended to segregate.
Origin of de facto segregation
First recorded in 1955-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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de facto segregation in Culture
de facto segregation [(di fak-toh, day fak-toh)]

Racial segregation, especially in public schools, that happens “by fact” rather than by legal requirement. For example, often the concentration of African-Americans in certain neighborhoods produces neighborhood schools that are predominantly black, or segregated in fact (de facto), although not by law (de jure).

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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