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de facto

[dee fak-toh, dey] /di ˈfæk toʊ, deɪ/
adverb, adjective
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.
actually existing, especially when without lawful authority (distinguished from de jure).
Australian. a person who lives in an intimate relationship with but is not married to a person of the opposite sex; lover.
Origin of de facto
First recorded in 1595-1605, de facto is from the Latin word dē factō literally, from the fact
Can be confused
de facto, de jure.

ex facto

[eks fahk-toh; English eks fak-toh] /ɛks ˈfɑk toʊ; English ɛks ˈfæk toʊ/
adverb, Latin.
according to fact; actually. Unabridged
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  • It is immoral to deny Palestinian citizens of the State of Israel full and equal rights de facto and not only de jure.

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British Dictionary definitions for facto

de facto

/deɪ ˈfæktəʊ/
in fact
existing in fact, whether legally recognized or not: a de facto regime Compare de jure
noun (pl) -tos
(Austral & NZ) a de facto husband or wife
Word Origin
C17: Latin
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Word Origin and History for facto

de facto

Latin, literally "in fact, in reality," thus, "existing, but not necessarily legally ordained;" from facto, ablative of factum "deed, act" (see fact).

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facto in Culture
de facto [(di fak-toh, day fak-toh)]

Something generally accepted or agreed to without any formal decision in its favor: “They never elected him; he became their leader de facto.” From Latin, meaning “in fact.” (Compare de jure.)

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