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de facto

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.)
Though never officially recognized, he was the de facto ruler of the country.Although the leader has declared a new capital for the country, the city in the north remains the de facto capital.
de jure, true
part of speech: adverb
definition: in reality, if not officially or legally.
The military junta is recognized de facto as the ruling body of the nation.The city is ruled de facto by competing gangs.