De Facto Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of De Facto, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is De Facto?

latin for “in fact” or “in practice”. Used for such action for which no strict law or legal procedure or legal authority exist but a common universal practice does, which is taken as an standard. Contrasts with ‘de jure’