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prima facie (adv.)

of a case established by sufficient evidence, "manifestly, in a manner apparent to all," late 15c., Latin, literally "at first sight," ablative of prima facies "first appearance," from prima, fem. singular of primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + facies "form, face" (see face (n.)).

updated on November 08, 2020

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Definitions of prima facie from WordNet
1
prima facie (adv.)
at first sight;
2
prima facie (adj.)
as it seems at first sight;
a prima facie case of murder
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