De facto

Comes from Latin and means "from the fact." In law cases it is used to refer to situations that exist but that are not mandated by law. It is the opposite of de jure. De facto segregation is segregation that exists, but not based on laws.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "De facto." (Viewed on May 20, 2024) <http://jwa.org/node/11833>.