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de jure Line breaks: de jure
Pronunciation: /deɪ ˈjʊəreɪ/
/diː ˈdʒʊəri/

Definition of de jure in English:


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'.

Words that rhyme with de jure

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