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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} {{#invoke:redirect hatnote|redirect}} {{#invoke:Side box|main}} De facto ({{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}, {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}},<ref>dictionary.reference.com: de facto</ref> Latin: [deː ˈfaktoː]) is a Latin expression that means "in fact, in reality, in actual existence, force, or possession, as a matter of fact" (literally "from fact").<ref>See I. 3. </ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In law, it often means "in practice but not necessarily ordained by law" or "in practice or actuality, but not officially established." It is commonly used in contrast to de jure (which means "according to (the) law"; literally "from law") when referring to matters of law, governance, or technique (such as standards) that are found in the common experience as created or developed without or contrary to a regulation. When discussing a legal situation, de jure designates what the law says, while de facto designates action of what happens in practice.


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