De Facto Definition

dĭ făktō, dā
adjective
Existing in actuality, especially when contrary to or not established by law.
De facto segregation; a de facto government.
American Heritage
In fact. Description of a person or action that exists for all intentions and purposes, but which lacks official legitimacy.
Webster's New World Law
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.
YourDictionary
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.
Wiktionary
Antonyms:
noun
Existing or being such in actual fact or for all practical purposes, though not by legal establishment, official recognition, etc.
A de facto government.
Webster's New World
(Australia, New Zealand) A legally undeclared spouse.
Wiktionary
Advertisement
adverb
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.
YourDictionary
(modal) In practice; in actual use or existence, regardless of official or legal status.
Wiktionary
other

(legally undeclared spouse): common law wife.

Wiktionary

From Latin, literally from what is done, meaning in fact. See also standard.

Webster's New World Telecom

Other Word Forms of De Facto

Noun

Singular:
de facto
Plural:
de-factos

Origin of De Facto

  • Latin dē factō from, according to factō ablative of factum fact

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin de facto, de (“from”) + ablative of factum (“fact, deed, act”)

    From Wiktionary

Advertisement

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to de facto using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With

Unscrambles

de facto