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de facto

de facto

Meaning:
– existing in fact
– although not necessarily intended
– legal or accepted
– in reality or fact
– actually

Examples:
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.

Usage:
A de facto situation is one which exists or is true although it has not been officially accepted or agreed (always before noun).

Origin:
[1595–1605; < Latin: literally, from the fact]

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