De facto

De facto (/d ˈfækt, di-, də-/ day FAK-toh, dee -;[1] Latin: de facto [deː ˈfaktoː], "in fact") describes practices that exist in reality, whether or not they are officially recognized by laws or other formal norms.[2][3][4] It is commonly used to refer to what happens in practice, in contrast with de jure ("by law"), which refers to things that happen according to law.


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