Meaning of De facto
The English meaning and translation of this Latin phrase is as follows:
"In fact, in reality"
Definition of De facto
The meaning and definition of this famous Latin expression relates to something which, while not legally or officially sanctified, exists in fact, in reality. In legal terms, it is meant to mean "in practice but not necessarily ordained by law". A de facto country or regime are not acknowledged as official, but are real all the same with their own government, military.
Origin of "De facto"
The origin of the phrase comes from the Latin word 'facto' meaning deed or act.
The term 'ipso-facto literally "by that very fact." example: to be condemned by nature of the deed. The term 'ex post facto' literally, "from what is done afterwards.". It means related to the past, an example would be an ex-post-facto law.
Example of "De facto"
An example of the use of the famous phrase is often applied to someone who is not legally married, but in a similar type of relationship with a partner who is often referred to as 'common law' spouse - a defacto wife or defacto husband.
The popular Latin phrase or expression "De facto" is so familiar that it has become part of our own language. The roots of this famous Latin expression lay with the language of the ancient Romans. The meaning of the expression is "In fact, in reality". De facto is sometimes contrasted with 'de jure' which means according to law or officially.
The Latin language spread throughout the western world and was taught in schools and spoken by the greatest scholars. The use of this expression was so useful and popular that it has survived the passing of time, the phrase is one of our 'Latin legacies'.
"He is the De facto leader of our team."