Definition of de jure in English:

de jure

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Pronunciation: /deɪ ˈjʊəreɪ
, diː ˈdʒʊəri


  • 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.
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    • 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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  • Existing or holding a specified position by legal right: 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.


Latin, literally 'of law'.

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