de jure









de jure


adverb, adjective

  1. by right; according to law (distinguished from de facto).

adverb

  1. according to law; by right; legallyCompare de facto

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

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

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