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Definition existing in fact whether officially declared or not
  • 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.
  • 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
  • She has a life now in Florida with her de facto husband, daughter, and sister.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • And the issue of de facto recognition, "Toussaint's clause," would go before Congress.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • 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
  • 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
  • He wandered toward the de facto cemetery that had cropped up on the far side of the clearing.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • 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
  • You are de facto leader, no doubt about it.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • My de facto prison "family" revolved around Pop.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • 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
  • Ghosh was Missing's de facto pediatrician.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • I had become his de facto interpreter.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The selection is more de facto.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The de facto dictator of five million doomed souls removed his glasses and dried them on his shirttail.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • 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
  • What had been more or less de facto was to become relentlessly de jure.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • 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

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