de facto

Definitions

Law

  • phrase a Latin phrase meaning ‘taken as a matter of fact’: accepted even though the legal status may not be certain

Politics

  • Latin phrase meaning ‘in fact’: as a matter of fact, even though the legal title may not be certain

Slang

  • noun a live-in lover, one’s unmarried partner. This phrase is one Australian solution (since the 1970s) to the problem of finding an acceptable term to describe what the British judicial system calls a ‘common-law spouse’.
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