corpus delicti


cor·pus de·lic·ti

noun \ˈkr-pəs-di-ˈlik-ˌtī, -(ˌ)tē\
plural corpora delicti

Definition of CORPUS DELICTI

1
:  the substantial and fundamental fact necessary to prove the commission of a crime
2
:  the material substance (as the body of the victim of a murder) upon which a crime has been committed

Origin of CORPUS DELICTI

New Latin, literally, body of the crime
First Known Use: 1818

corpus de·lic·ti

noun \-di-ˈlik-ˌtī, -(ˌ)tē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural corpora delicti

Medical Definition of CORPUS DELICTI

1
: the substantial and fundamental fact (as, in murder, actual death and its occurrence as a result of criminal agency) necessary to prove the commission of a crime
2
: the material substance (as the body of the victim of a murder) upon which a crime has been committed

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