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"de facto" in British English

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de factoadjective [before noun], adverb

uk   /ˌdeɪˈfæk.təʊ/  us   /-toʊ/ formal

de factonoun [C]

uk   /ˌdeɪˈfæk.təʊ/  us   /-toʊ/ Australian English formal
(also defacto) a ​person someone ​lives with as a ​wife or a ​husband, ​although they are not ​married: They've ​invited Joanne and her de ​facto for ​lunch on ​Sunday.
(Definition of de facto from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"de facto" in American English

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de factoadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /dɪˈfæk·toʊ, deɪ-/
existing in ​fact, ​although not ​necessarilyintended or ​legal: He has made the ​candidates for ​citycouncil de facto ​schoolcommitteemembers.
(Definition of de facto from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"de facto" in Business English

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de factoadjective [before noun]

uk   us  
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
The ​agreement existed de facto, although it had not been ​formalized in ​law.
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(Definition of de facto from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “de facto”
in Chinese (Simplified) 事实上(的),实际上(的)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 事實上(的),實際上(的)…
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