De-jure definition

dĭ jo͝orē, dā yo͝orā
According to law; by right.
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By right or legal establishment.

De jure government.

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From Latin, literally meaning from the law. See also standard.
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By right, in accordance with the law, legally.
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Origin of de-jure

  • Latin dē iūre from iūre ablative of iūs law

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

  • Latin "from law".

    From Wiktionary