prima facie

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1pri·ma fa·cie

adverb \ˌprī-mə-ˈfā-shə, -shē, -sē also -shē-ˌē, -sē-ˌē\

Definition of PRIMA FACIE

:  at first view :  on the first appearance

Origin of PRIMA FACIE

Middle English, from Latin
First Known Use: 15th century

2prima facie

adjective

law : based on what is known or seen when something is first considered or dealt with

Full Definition of PRIMA FACIE

1
:  true, valid, or sufficient at first impression :  apparent <the theory … gives a prima facie solution — R. J. Butler>
3
:  legally sufficient to establish a fact or a case unless disproved <prima facie evidence>

Examples of PRIMA FACIE

  1. <a prima facie case of tax fraud>
  2. <challenged the assertion that the dearth of women on the staff constituted a prima facie case of sexual discrimination>

First Known Use of PRIMA FACIE

1800

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi

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