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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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Nearby words

de gustibus non est disputandum, de haas, de haut en bas, de havilland, de hooch, pieter, de jure, de kalb, de klerk, de klerk, f. w., de kooning, de kooning, willem

Origin of de jure

From the Latin word dē jūrē
Can be confusedde facto de jure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for de jure

de jure

/ (deɪ ˈdʒʊəreɪ) /


according to law; by right; legallyCompare de facto

Word Origin for de jure

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for de jure

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

Culture 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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