Denoting something or someone that is rightfully such.‘he had been de jure king since his father's death’
lawful, legitimate, licit, within the law, legalized, validView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century: Latin, literally of law.