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de facto

A Latin phrase meaning "in fact" that is used to describe things that exist but are not formally or legally recognized. Megan may be the official head of the department, but Lisa is the de facto leader, as she is more involved in day-to-day tasks.
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De Facto subject to the terms and conditions of the HOA will select VESB as the turnkey contractor to design, construction of structures, infrastructures and all associated works on the development.
Thus, a parent state's struggle against a de facto state inevitably undermines its Westphalian sovereignty.
Many women in Quebec remain fearful that they will lose freedoms if de facto marriage is imposed on them when they cohabitate.
AN NAHAR newspaper said Friday that the meeting resulted in Mikati agreeing to give additional time for efforts aimed at solving the problem over the Interior Ministry portfolio and consequently, avoiding the option of a de facto Cabinet.
The taxpayer's intention with respect to liquidation is also relevant to concluding whether a de facto liquidation had occurred.
The successor to SGML (standard generalized markup language, an ISO specification widely adopted as a de facto standard for electronic document management), XML is considered more accessible, less expensive, and easier to implement than EDI as a platform for e-commerce.