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de jure

[di joo r-ee, dey joo r-ey; Latin de yoo-re]
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adverb, adjective
  1. by right; according to law (distinguished from de facto).

Origin of de jure

From the Latin word dē jūrē
Can be confusedde facto de jure
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British Dictionary definitions for de jure

de jure

adverb
  1. according to law; by right; legallyCompare de facto

Word Origin

Latin
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Word Origin and History for de jure

Latin, literally "of law," thus "legitimate, lawful, by right of law, required by law." Jure is ablative of ius (see just (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

de jure in Culture

de jure

[(di joor-ee, day yoor-ay)]

Determined by law. In the American South, racial segregation was de jure, but in the North, it was de facto.

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