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de jure

[di joo r-ee, dey joo r-ey; Latin de yoo-re] /dɪ ˈdʒʊər i, deɪ ˈdʒʊər eɪ; Latin dɛ ˈyu rɛ/
noun
1.
by right; according to law (distinguished from de facto).
Origin
< Latin dē jūrē
Can be confused
de facto, de jure.
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British Dictionary definitions for de jure

de jure

/deɪ ˈdʒʊəreɪ/
adverb
1.
according to law; by right; legally Compare de facto
Word Origin
Latin
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Word Origin and History for de jure

Latin, literally "of law," thus "legitimate, lawful, by right of law, required by law." Jure is ablative of ius (see just (adj.)).

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de jure in Culture
de jure [(di joor-ee, day yoor-ay)]

Determined by law. In the American South, racial segregation was de jure, but in the North, it was de facto.

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