One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
According to rightful entitlement or claim; by right.‘the resolution declared that the independent Republic of Latvia proclaimed on November 18, 1918 was still in existence de jure’Often contrasted with de facto
by right, rightfully, legally, according to the lawView synonyms
- ‘Now it has to be done de jure (by law), so it can become official.’
Existing or holding a specified position by legal right.‘he had been de jure king since his father's death’
lawful, legitimate, licit, within the law, legalized, validView synonyms
- ‘De facto theories give the meaning of a word in terms of how it is actually used; de jure theories give it in terms of how it should be used, claiming that actual usage may be incorrect.’
- ‘For example, in everyday discourse, when one speaks of a corporation or a government, the understood meaning is a de jure corporation or a de jure government.’
- ‘What is also forgotten in all of this is how fragile the de jure standards have been in the past.’
- ‘A government de jure, but not de facto, is one deemed lawful, which has been supplanted; a government de jure and also de facto is one deemed lawful, which is present or established.’
Latin, literally ‘of law’.
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