de facto[dē fak′tō, da-, də-]
- The definition of de facto is something real, but not formally accepted.
- An example of something de facto is a rule that people always follow even though it is not an official procedure, a defacto procedure.
- An example of something de facto is a person who functions as a parent even though they are not related to the child, a defactor parent.
- De facto is defined as actually.
An example of de facto used as an adverb is in the phrase "de facto listening" which means actually listening.
Origin of de factoClassical Latin
Origin of de factoLatin dē factō : dē, from, according to + factō, ablative of factum, fact.
- de facto
- (modal) In practice; in actual use or existence, regardless of official or legal status.
- In fact or in practice; in actual use or existence, regardless of official or legal status. (Often opposed to de jure.)
- Although the United States currently has no official language, it is largely monolingual with English being the de facto national language.
(plural de factos)
- (Australia, New Zealand) A legally undeclared spouse.
de facto - Computer Definition
From Latin, literally from what is done, meaning in fact. See also standard.
de facto - Legal Definition