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de facto

de facto

 
pronunciation:
di faek to [or] deI faek to
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: actual, esp. as opposed to what is believed to be the case or what is formally acknowledged.
In many cities there is de facto racial segregation in housing.
definition 2: serving in some capacity in the absence of specific authority or legal recognition. (Cf. de jure.)
Never crowned king, he was the de facto ruler of the country.Tel Aviv served for a time as the de facto capital of Israel.
antonyms:
de jure, true
 
part of speech: adverb
definition: in reality; actually.
The reforms instituted by the former leader were not carried out de facto until the new government came into power.