What Is The Different Between De Factor And De Jure?


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De facto (no terminal r) means that something is established by practice or common acceptance. For example, a country may have an official language (such as English, as a remnant of colonialism), but the de facto official language is Spanish (or whatever). De jure means that something is established by actual law (hence the jure). In the former example, English is the de jure official language because the government has made it as such by law.

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