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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 and Etymology of prima facie

Middle English, from Latin


First Known Use: circa 1500


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prima facie

adjective pri·ma fa·cie

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 in a sentence

  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

1790

First Known Use of prima facie

1790


PRIMA FACIE Defined for English Language Learners


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prima facie

adjective pri·ma fa·cie

Definition of prima facie for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

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prima facie

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adverb pri·ma fa·cie \ˈprī-mə-ˈfā-shə, -sē, -shē\

Legal Definition of prima facie

  1. :  at first view :  on first appearance absent other information or evidence guidelines which would prima facie accredit new entrance examinations as nondiscriminatory — S. L. Lynch — compare ex facie

Origin and Etymology of prima facie

Latin


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prima facie

adjective pri·ma fa·cie

Legal Definition of prima facie

  1. :  sufficient to establish a fact or case unless disproved prima facie proof a prima facie showing


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