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English definition of “de facto”

de facto

adjective [before noun]    
existing in fact, but not officially decided or approved: A year ago he assumed de facto control of the company from his aging father. The software they produced eventually became the de facto standard for printable web documents.
de facto adverb → Compare de jure
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