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de jure

adjective [before noun], adverb     /ˌdeɪˈdʒʊə.reɪ/ /ˌdiː-/ US  /-ˈdʒʊr.i/ formal
having a right or existence as stated by law: The country has de facto independence now, and it will soon be recognized de jure by the world's governments. The president aims to create a de jure one-party state. → Compare de facto adjective adverbCourt cases, orders and decisions
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