– existing in fact
– although not necessarily intended
– legal or accepted
– in reality or fact
1. English is de facto the common language of much of the world today.
2. Ronny has established himself as the de facto leader of the party.
A de facto situation is one which exists or is true although it has not been officially accepted or agreed (always before noun).
[1595–1605; < Latin: literally, from the fact]
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