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Definition of de facto adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

de facto

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//dɪ ˈfæktoʊ//
 
, NAmE//deɪˈfæktoʊ//
 
[usually before noun] (from Latin) (formal)
 
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existing as a fact although it may not be legally accepted as existing The general took de facto control of the country.
de facto adverb
 
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He continued to rule the country de facto. compare de jure