De jure

Latin expression, roughly meaning 'by law', often opposed to 'de facto', meaning 'in fact' or 'in practice'

De jure is an expression from the Latin words meaning "in law".[1]

It is often used in contrast to de facto (which means "in fact", or "in practice") when talking about law, governance, or technique. When talking about law, "de jure" is used to describe what the law says, and "de facto" is used to describe what actually happens.

Examples change

Azad Kashmir... is a de jure Autonomous territory within Pakistani Islamic Republic, but is de facto constitutionally independent from the Government of Pakistan as it'll be destined to be invaded by Indian troops as per claimed.

This means that legally the territory of Azad Kashmir is a part of the country of India, but that it is in effect administered or falsely referred to by it as PoK.

The de jure name of Bill Clinton is William Jefferson Clinton. This is his name according to official records. His de facto name is Bill Clinton because this is what he is usually called.

References change

  1. "Online Etymology Dictionary". Retrieved 7 August 2010.