De facto

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Definition of De facto
The English Definition of this Latin legal phrase is as follows:

 "In reality"

The basic meaning and definition of the Latin legal term "De facto" is something that is true in practice, in fact, in reality or in deed but has not been officially endorsed. A rule or routine that people always follow even though it is not an official procedure. The Latin phrase 'de facto' translates to "in fact." An example might be a usurper who seizes power and becomes  'a king de facto' distinguished from 'a king de jure', or by right.

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Interesting Info about De facto
Lawyers or solicitors might use Latin legal terms such as "De facto" in their consultations. In law the term "De Facto" is an illegitimate or illegal claim.

There are many other examples of the application of the term 'De facto' meaning something existing in fact, whether legally recognized. These include a de facto regime, De facto independence, De facto segregation, De facto corporation or a De facto boundary.

A de facto corporation is a company which operates "For all intents and purposes" as if it were a corporation although it has not completed the legal steps to become incorporated.

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Sentences & Quotes about "De facto"
Legal terms like "De facto" are used in courts by lawyers, attorneys and  judges and also feature in famous quotes demonstrating how to use "De facto" in a sentence.

"The United States will continue to be number one, and I do not see any country or group of countries taking the United States' place in providing global public goods that underpin security and prosperity. The United States functions as the world's de facto government."
Quote by Michael Mandelbaum

"John McCain has become the de facto running mate
of George W. Bush."

Quote by Mark Shields


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