de facto authority

noun

  • Criminal Law
  • International Law
  • Military Law

Definitions of de facto authority

  • a term used to describe a person or a group that actually has control of a place, but which does not have the legal authority to do so eg following a coup d’etat (=the rapid, illegal taking of government power, usually by force and involving the military)

    The rebel group has been the city's de facto authority since Sept. 21.

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