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prima facie

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adverb pri·ma fa·cie \ˌprī-mə-ˈfā-shə, -shē, -sē also -shē-ˌē, -sē-ˌē\

Definition of prima facie

  1. :  at first view :  on the first appearance



Origin of prima facie

Middle English, from Latin


First Known Use: 15th century


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prima facie

adjective pri·ma fa·cie

Simple Definition of prima facie

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

Full Definition of prima facie

  1. 1 :  true, valid, or sufficient at first impression :  apparent <the theory … gives a prima facie solution — R. J. Butler>

  2. 2 :  self-evident

  3. 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>



1800

First Known Use of prima facie

1800

Rhymes with prima facie


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