Origin of de factoClassical Latin
de factode fac·to
- 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 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.
- (legally undeclared spouse): common law wife
de facto - Computer Definition
From Latin, literally from what is done, meaning in fact. See also standard.
de facto - Legal Definition
- Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix: Before Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV arrived on the scene, this was the de-facto fighting game to play on the PlayStation 3.
- More recently the black polo shirt with the "Blackwater" logo on it became the de-facto military uniform for contractors working in Iraq and Afghanistan with coalition troops.