De Jure Law and Legal Definition

De Jure is the Latin of the term “of the law.” It describes a condition that is legitimate “as a matter of law” or “according to law.” The term has come to be described as a total adherence of the law. For example, a de jure government is one which has been created in respect of constitutional law and is in all ways legitimate. De jure is generally used in contrast to de facto. De jure connotes “as a matter of law,” whereas de facto connotes “as a matter of practice not founded upon law.”