de facto

[dee fak-toh, dey]
in fact; in reality: Although his title was prime minister, he was de facto president of the country. Although the school was said to be open to all qualified students, it still practiced de facto segregation.
actually existing, especially when without lawful authority (distinguished from de jure ).
Australian. a person who lives in an intimate relationship with but is not married to a person of the opposite sex; lover.

1595–1605; < Latin dē factō literally, from the fact

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de facto (deɪ ˈfæktəʊ)
1.  in fact
2.  Compare de jure existing in fact, whether legally recognized or not: a de facto regime
n , -tos
3.  (Austral), (NZ) a de facto husband or wife
[C17: Latin]

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Word Origin & History

de facto
c.1600, from L. de facto, lit. "in fact, in reality," thus, "existing, but not necessarily legally ordained."
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Cultural Dictionary
de facto [(di fak-toh, day fak-toh)]

Something generally accepted or agreed to without any formal decision in its favor: “They never elected him; he became their leader de facto.” From Latin, meaning “in fact.” (Compare de jure.)

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Example sentences
But when they try to make their ideas a de facto facts, then we have problems.
In this prominent position, she's making her own de facto debut as a writer
  with a message for the general public.
Those that need capital will find it, even if it takes de facto nationalization.
Menzie Chinn points out that rising oil prices act as a de facto barrier to
  trade, because shipping gets more expensive.
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