cor·pus de·lic·ti ˈkȯr-pəs-di-ˈlik-ˌtī
plural corpora delicti
: the substantial and fundamental fact necessary to prove the commission of a crime
: the material substance (such as the body of the victim of a murder) upon which a crime has been committed
Recent Examples on the Web As defense attorney Leroy Tozier noted, the prosecution had only produced a corpus — Jaconi’s actual corpse — and not the corpus delicti — the concrete evidence of guilt. —David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Aug. 2021
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