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In fact, by law. It is primarilly used in contrast to de facto to mean "in principle", while the latter means "in practice".
While the de jure standard is that no recruit may leave at night, it has become de facto that recruits will go out for a last night bash.
by KJ Fee January 12, 2007
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Paper product used as a barrier against unwanted messes, such as the liner at the bottom of a bird cage.
Please put a New York Times under that before it gets all over the place.
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