- by right; according to law (distinguished from de facto ).
1610s, from L. de jure, lit. "of law," thus "legitimate, lawful, by right of law, required by law." (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/de+jure)
"And in the United States the newly elected President Woodrow Wilson have no sign that he would recognize de jure a government that was not even de facto."
- John Womack, Zapata and the Mexican Revolution