Adverbial & adjectival phrase. Early 17th century.
[Latin = of fact.]
(Existing, held, etc.) in fact, in reality;
in actual existence, force, or possession, whether by right or not.
Adverbial & adjectival phrase. Mid-16th century.
[Latin = of law.]
(Existing, held, etc.) rightfully, according to law (frequently as opposed to de facto).
Another example is that of my friend Heather, whose de jure name is Mary, because at her christening the Catholic priest refused to accept a pagan name like Heather. Thus, de jure (legally), her name is Mary, as recorded on her birth certificate and all other official documentation, but de facto (in reality and practice) her name is Heather, because that's what we all use, know her by and love her as.
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