- 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.
de facto definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Latin
de facto definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Actual: de facto segregation.
- Exercising power or serving a function without being legally or officially established: a de facto government; a de facto nuclear storage facility.
Origin: Latin dē factō : dē, from, according to + factō, ablative of factum, fact.
de facto - Business Definition
de facto - Computer Definition
From Latin, literally from what is done, meaning in fact. See also standard.
de facto - Cultural Definition
Something generally accepted or agreed to without any formal decision in its favor: “They never elected him; he became their leader de facto.” From Latin, meaning “in fact.” (Compare de jure.)
de facto - Legal Definition