de facto

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

[Latin: in fact]

Existing as a matter of fact rather than of right. The government may, for example, recognize a foreign government de facto if it is actually in control of a country even though it has no legal right to rule (see recognition). Compare de jure.

Subjects: Law — Business and Management.

Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.