- 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
Related Words for de factoexisting, actual, factual, real, actually, really, tangible, truly, genuinely, veritably
Examples from the Web for de facto
Contemporary Examples of de facto
Others are suggesting a de-facto ban, accomplished either through a huge tax, or a ban on ammunition.You Can't Save Gun Control With Word Games
December 19, 2012
The American F-15E went down in eastern Libya after midnight Tuesday about 25 miles east of Benghazi, the de-facto rebel capital.U.S. Plane Crash in Libya: Exclusive New Details
March 22, 2011
But we're going to hand them over to the National Council [the de-facto government in Benghazi] and they're going to follow up.Libya's Hysteria Over African Mercenaries
March 6, 2011
It was probably one of the only times in the history of a popular uprising that the people cheered on a de-facto military coup.Mubarak Steps Down
February 11, 2011
McCain is the de-facto leader of the opposition—a giant in a party of pygmies.McCain's New Plot
February 2, 2009
- in fact
- existing in fact, whether legally recognized or nota de facto regime Compare de jure
- Australian and NZ a de facto husband or wife
Word Origin for de facto
Word Origin and History for de facto
Latin, literally "in fact, in reality," thus, "existing, but not necessarily legally ordained;" from facto, ablative of factum "deed, act" (see fact).