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de facto
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The country is a de facto Russian territory.
  existing in fact whether officially declared or not
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de facto de-facto
Strongly Associated with:   de jure
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De facto is a Latin expression that means "in fact" or "in practice". De facto is commonly contrasted to de jure (meaning "by law").
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  • The country is a de facto Russian territory.
  • They fear it will threaten Taiwan’s de facto independence from China.
  • She describes herself as agnostic, but she’s a de facto atheist because God has no practical influence on her decisions.
  • My de facto prison "family" revolved around Pop.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • He wandered toward the de facto cemetery that had cropped up on the far side of the clearing.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Swean followed up with a question on signal interference, and Lorenzo looked at Oscar Vazquez, the team’s de facto leader.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • I had become his de facto interpreter.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • She has a life now in Florida with her de facto husband, daughter, and sister.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The bit about Israel used to draw the ire of Afghans in Fremont who accused him of being pro-Jewish and, de facto, anti Islam.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • The selection is more de facto.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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  • My father, whom we called Dia, and our fourth uncle became their de facto fathers.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
  • What had been more or less de facto was to become relentlessly de jure.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The de facto dictator of five million doomed souls removed his glasses and dried them on his shirttail.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Cedric’s aversion to the Norman race of kings was also much undermined,—first, by consideration of the impossibility of ridding England of the new dynasty, a feeling which goes far to create loyalty in the subject to the king "de facto"; and, secondly, by the personal attention of King Richard, who delighted in the blunt humour of Cedric, and, to use the language of the Wardour Manuscript, so dealt with the noble Saxon, that, ere he had been a guest at court for seven days, he had…
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • You are de facto leader, no doubt about it.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • As for Annabeth—she’d been the de facto leader of the quest.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • And the issue of de facto recognition, "Toussaint’s clause," would go before Congress.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Her husband had died years earlier, her kids had moved away, and she viewed the customers as her de facto family.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • Though he had not helped create the field, he was all too eager to reinstate himself as the team’s de facto leader.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • If a group from the military or police starts pursuing an independent foreign policy, a de facto coup has taken place in Sweden.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Did Chair understand from witness’s last remark that this alleged de-facto regime intended to interfere with consignee system?
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • In late December, Orange, de facto master of the Low Countries, entered Brussels in triumph, having been invited there by a Committee of Eighteen.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • In Jackson Park Burnham faced repeated interruptions stemming from his de facto role as ambassador to the outside world, charged with cultivating goodwill and future attendance.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Ghosh was Missing’s de facto pediatrician.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • For weeks the shredded screen flapped in the breeze, becoming a de facto doggie door that allowed Marley to come and go as he pleased between the backyard and house during the long hours home alone with the bedridden Jenny.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • "They went over, had a pleasant time with their old friends, and brought some of them back with them when they returned," Grant will write twenty years later, recalling that the McLean household became their de facto meeting place that night.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • To grant this privilege to the different courts of the States would have been to destroy the sovereignty of the Union de facto after having established it de jure; for the interpretation of the Constitution would soon have restored that portion of independence to the States of which the terms of that act deprived them.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • This was the period, of course, after the Bugs had located our home planet, through the Skinnies, and had raided it, destroying Buenos Aires and turning "contact troubles" into all-out war, but before we had built up our forces and before the Skinnies had changed sides and become our co-belligerents and de facto allies.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • Takahashi says, "Yeah, but if I were to say ’I can’t answer that’ in this context, it’d be like a de facto yes.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • There was nothing like a personal experience to tilt a man toward a specialty, and so Ghosh had become the de facto syphilologist, the venereologist, the last word when it came to VD.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It is, in fact, a heavy, ponderous, de facto State of the Union address, specifically designed to undercut the revelry and prepare America for years of more pain and struggle.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • The real question, Professor—or even Ambassador de-facto, if you like; we shan’t quibble—the real question is this: Are you prepared to guarantee that the Lunar Colonies will keep their commitments?
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • My de facto tribe was Nora and Hester (who was going by her given name of Anne these days).
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Out west she meets new people, encounters a completely alien but inviting landscape, becomes the de facto mother of a three-year-old Native American girl she calls Turtle, and finds herself involved in the shelter movement for Central American refugees.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Crystal was a tall, skinny black woman in her fifties and the de facto mayor of the women’s unit.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The Skipper was president of the mess, my boss Captain Blackstone was vice-president — not because of rank; three Naval officers ranked him but as C. O. of the strike force he was de facto senior to everybody but the Skipper.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • Unlike Hawthorne’s character’s demise, though, Jim’s is also heartbreaking—to the woman who is his de facto wife, to old Stein, the trader who sent him in-country, and to readers, who come to hope for something heroic and uplifting, something suitably romantic, for the incorrigibly romantic Jim.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • It yielded the point de facto, but it remained inflexible upon the principles in question; and whilst Congress was altering the tariff law, it passed another bill, by which the President was invested with extraordinary powers, enabling him to overcome by force a resistance which was then no longer to be apprehended.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • With decorations trimmed away was assertion that Luna was de-facto a sovereign state, with an unopposed government in being, a civil condition of peace and order, a provisional president and cabinet carrying on necessary functions but anxious to return to private life as soon as Congress completed writing a constitution—and that we were here to ask that these facts be recognized de-jure and that Luna be allowed to take her rightful place in councils of mankind as a member of Federated…
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • …that the intention of the Americans in uniting was not to reduce themselves to the condition of one and the same people; that they meant to constitute a league of independent States; and that each State, consequently retains its entire sovereignty, if not de facto, at least de jure; and has the right of putting its own construction upon the laws of Congress, and of suspending their execution within the limits of its own territory, if they are held to be unconstitutional and unjust.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
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Associated words [difficulty]:   de facto [5] , de jure [9] , ex post facto [6] , de jure [9] , de novo [9] , ex parte [9]
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