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corpus delicti

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noun cor·pus de·lic·ti \ˈkȯr-pəs-di-ˈlik-ˌtī, -(ˌ)tē\

Definition of corpus delicti

plural

corpora delicti

  1. 1 :  the substantial and fundamental fact necessary to prove the commission of a crime

  2. 2 :  the material substance (as the body of the victim of a murder) upon which a crime has been committed



Origin and Etymology of corpus delicti

New Latin, literally, body of the crime


First Known Use: 1818


Medical Dictionary

corpus delicti

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noun corpus de·lic·ti \-di-ˈlik-ˌtī, -(ˌ)tē\

Medical Definition of corpus delicti

plural

corpora delicti

  1. 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. 2:  the material substance (as the body of the victim of a murder) upon which a crime has been committed




Law Dictionary

corpus delicti

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noun corpus de·lic·ti \-di-ˈlik-ˌtī, -dā-, -tē\

Legal Definition of corpus delicti

  1. :  the substance of a crime that the prosecutor must prove and that consists of an injury or loss (as death of a victim or disappearance of property) and the criminal act that resulted in it



Origin and Etymology of corpus delicti

New Latin, literally, the body of the offense


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