"De facto" is a Latin term that means "in fact" or "in practice." It is used to describe a situation, state of affairs, or relationship that exists in reality or in practice, regardless of whether it is formally recognized or legally established.
Examples in Sentences
Here are three example sentences using the term "de facto":
Although they were not officially married, they lived together as a de facto couple for many years.
Even though the country had a different official language, English was widely spoken and considered the de facto language of business and communication.
While the company had a formal organizational structure, decision-making power was mostly concentrated in the hands of a de facto leader.