[di joo r-ee, dey joo r-ey; Latin de yoo-re]
- by right; according to law (distinguished from de facto).
Origin of de jure
From the Latin word dē jūrē
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- according to law; by right; legallyCompare de facto
Word Origin for de jure
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Latin, literally "of law," thus "legitimate, lawful, by right of law, required by law." Jure is ablative of ius (see just (adj.)).
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[(di joor-ee, day yoor-ay)]
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