de jure

[ di joo r-ee, dey joo r-ey; Latin de yoo-re ]
/ dɪ ˈdʒʊər i, deɪ ˈdʒʊər eɪ; Latin dɛ ˈyu rɛ /

adverb, adjective

by right; according to law (distinguished from de facto).

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Origin of de jure

From the Latin word dē jūrē

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH de jure

de facto de jure
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British Dictionary definitions for de jure

de jure
/ (deɪ ˈdʒʊəreɪ) /

adverb

according to law; by right; legallyCompare de facto

Word Origin for de jure

Latin
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Cultural definitions for de jure

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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