De facto

In law and government, de facto (/d ˈfækt, di-, də-/ day FAK-toh, dee -⁠;[1] Latin: de facto [deː ˈfaktoː], "in fact") describes practices that exist in reality, even though they are not officially recognized by laws.[2][3][4] It is commonly used to refer to what happens in practice, in contrast with de jure ("by law"), which refers to things that happen according to law.

  1. ^ Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary. S.v. "de facto." Retrieved January 12, 2018
  2. ^ "de facto". Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  3. ^ See I. 3. "de". Oxford English Dictionary (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press. 1989.
  4. ^ Harper, Douglas. "de facto". Online Etymology Dictionary.

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