- 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
- according to fact; actually.
Examples from the Web for facto
It is immoral to deny Palestinian citizens of the State of Israel full and equal rights de facto and not only de jure.How I Lost My Zionism
March 15, 2012
It may well be asked whether the acquisition of such territory is not ipso facto a breach of neutrality.'Why We Are At War (2nd Edition, revised)
Members of the Oxford Faculty of Modern History
In facto, pro momento ego fui "percussus omnis cumuli," ut dictum est.
Needless to say that, from the party standpoint, a responsible cabinet was ipso facto a party cabinet.Japan
Facto autem intempesta nocte Csar senatui mandavit, ne quenquam per portas urbis su emittant.History of the Great Reformation, Volume IV
J. H. Merle D'Aubign
Kant does not here allow that the claims of Reason are ipso facto condemned through the incapacity of experience to fulfil them.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'
Norman Kemp Smith
- 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 and History for facto
Latin, literally "in fact, in reality," thus, "existing, but not necessarily legally ordained;" from facto, ablative of factum "deed, act" (see fact).