Definition of de facto adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


de facto

BrE BrE//ˌdeɪ ˈfæktəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdeɪ ˈfæktoʊ//
[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. Word OriginLatin, literally ‘of fact’.

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