What is the meaning of "de-facto"?

De-facto means "actual, though not official".

The following examples will make the meaning clear.

*English is the de-facto language of the software industry.

*Every one knows that he is the de-facto Chief Minister of the State.

The first word can be pronounced in two different ways. The "e" can either be pronounced like the "ay" in "day" or like the "ee" in "feed", "need" and "deed". The "fact" is pronounced like the word "fact" and the final "o" sounds like the "oe" in "toe", "foe", and 'hoe". The main stress is on the first syllable of "facto".

COURTESY : The Hindu (The National News-Paper) - India

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