Definition of de jure in US English:

de jure

adverb

  • According to rightful entitlement or claim; by right.

    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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adjective

  • Denoting something or someone that is rightfully such.

    ‘he had been de jure king since his father's death’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    lawful, legitimate, licit, within the law, legalized, valid
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Origin

Latin, literally ‘of law’.

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