corpus delicticorpus de·lic·ti
- the facts constituting or proving a crime; material substance or foundation of a crime: the corpus delicti in a murder case is not just the body of the victim, but the fact that the victim has been murdered
- loosely the body of the victim in a murder case
Origin of corpus delictiModL, literally , body of the crime
- Law The corroborating evidence that shows that a crime has been committed, other than a confession or an alleged accomplice's statement.
- A corpse.
Origin of corpus delictiNew Latin corpus dēlictī Latin corpus body, collection of facts Latin dēlictī genitive of dēlictum crime
(plural corpora delicti)
- (law) The evidence that a crime has occurred.
corpus delicti - Legal Definition
The body of the crime. The objective evidence that there has been an injury (physical or otherwise) or loss and that it was caused by the criminal act of some person or thing.