from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In reality or fact; actually.
- adj. Actual: de facto segregation.
- adj. Exercising power or serving a function without being legally or officially established: a de facto government; a de facto nuclear storage facility.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. In practice; in actual use or existence, regardless of official or legal status.
- adj. In fact or in practice; in actual use or existence, regardless of official or legal status. (Often opposed to de jure.)
- n. A legally undeclared spouse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Actually; in fact; in reality.
- adv. See De facto.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In fact; in reality; actually existing, whether with or without legal or moral right: as, a government or a governor de facto.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in reality or fact
- adj. existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not
Latin dē factō : dē, from, according to + factō, ablative of factum, fact.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin de facto, de ("from") + ablative of factum ("fact, deed, act") (Wiktionary)