De facto

  • in law and government, de facto ( -/ fak-toh, dee -⁠;[1] latin: de facto [deː ˈfaktoː], "in fact") describes practices that exist in reality, even though they are not officially recognized by laws.[2][3][4] it is commonly used to refer to what happens in practice, in contrast with de jure ("by law"), which refers to things that happen according to law.

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In law and government, de facto ( -/ FAK-toh, dee -⁠;[1] Latin: de facto [deː ˈfaktoː], "in fact") describes practices that exist in reality, even though they are not officially recognized by laws.[2][3][4] It is commonly used to refer to what happens in practice, in contrast with de jure ("by law"), which refers to things that happen according to law.