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prima facie

adverb pri·ma fa·cie \ ˌprī-mə-ˈfā-shə , -shē , -sē also -shē-ˌē , -sē-ˌē \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of prima facie

: at first view : on the first appearance

Origin and Etymology of prima facie

Middle English, from Latin


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prima facie

adjective

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 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

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First Known Use of prima facie

1790


PRIMA FACIE Defined for English Language Learners

prima facie

adjective

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

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

legal Definition of prima facie

: 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

legal Definition of prima facie

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


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