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 for de facto
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  De facto \De` fac"to\ [L.]
     Actually; in fact; in reality; as, a king de facto, --
     distinguished from a king de jure, or by right.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Facto \Fac"to\, adv. [L., ablative of factum deed, fact.] (Law)
     In fact; by the act or fact.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     De facto. (Law) See De facto.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  de facto
      adv 1: in reality or fact; "the result was, de facto, a one-
             party system"
      adj 1: existing in fact whether with lawful authority or not;
             "de facto segregation is as real as segregation imposed
             by law"; "a de facto state of war" [ant: de jure]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  19 Moby Thesaurus words for "de facto":
     absolute, actual, actually, authentic, factual, for real, genuine,
     genuinely, historical, honest-to-God, positive, real, really,
     substantial, true, truly, undeniable, veritable, veritably
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DE FACTO, i. e. in deed. A term used to denote a thing actually done; a 
  president of the United States de facto is one in the exercise of the 
  executive power, and is distinguished from one, who being legally entitled 
  to such power is ejected from it; the latter would be a president de jure. 
  An officer de facto is frequently considered as an officer de jure, and his 
  official acts are of equal validity. 10 S. & R. 250; 4 Binn. R. 371; 11 S. & 
  R. 411, 414; Coxe, 318; 9 Mass. 231; 10 Mass. 290; 15 Mass. 180; 5 Pick. 
  487. 
  
  

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