Definition of de jure in English:

de jure

Pronunciation /diː ˈdʒʊəri//deɪ ˈjʊəreɪ/


  • 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
    • ‘Now it has to be done de jure (by law), so it can become official.’
    by right, rightfully, legally, according to the law
    by right, rightfully, legally, according to the law
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  • Existing or holding a specified position by legal right.

    ‘he had been de jure king since his father's death’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What is also forgotten in all of this is how fragile the de jure standards have been in the past.’
    • ‘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.’
    lawful, legitimate, licit, within the law, legalized, valid
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Latin, literally ‘of law’.


de jure

/diː ˈdʒʊəri//deɪ ˈjʊəreɪ/