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de jure Syllabification: de ju·re
Pronunciation: /di ˈjo͝orē/ /dā ˈjo͝orā/

Definition of de jure in English:


According to rightful entitlement or claim; by right. Often contrasted with de facto.
Example sentences
  • Now it has to be done de jure (by law), so it can become official.
by right, rightfully, legally, according to the law;
rightful, legal


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Denoting something or someone that is rightfully such: he had been de jure king since his father’s death
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  • 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.
  • 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.


Mid 16th century: Latin, literally 'of law'.

Words that rhyme with de jure

curie, fioriture, fury, houri, Jewry, jury, Manipuri, Missouri, moory, Newry, tandoori, Urey

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