- The definition of prima facie refers to the way something looks on its face, or at first glance.
An example of prima facie is when a wife walks in on her husband with another woman; at first glance, it looks as if he is guilty of something just because of the circumstances.
- Prima facie is defined as something that has been proven or assumed to be true unless there is evidence presented to the contrary.
An example of prima face is when a plaintiff in a discrimination case shows that a pre-employment test has a unfair impact on minorities. This can be said to be a prima face case of discrimination unless the employer can then prove that the test is legitimate for work related purposes.
- at first sight; on first view, before further examination
- based on a first impression
Origin of prima facieClassical Latin
Origin of prima facieMiddle English, manifestly, from Latin prīmā faciē : prīmā, feminine ablative of prīmus, first + faciē, ablative of faciēs, shape, face.
(comparative more prima facie, superlative most prima facie)
- (law) at first sight; on the face of it
In common usage, often used to mean that the conclusion is obvious. In more narrow legal usage, it means rather that there is a case to answer â€“ that the question is clear, but the conclusion is not necessarily obvious â€“ with an obvious conclusion rather being referred to as res ipsa loquitur (â€œthe thing speaks for itselfâ€). However, res ipsa loquitur is rarely used in common speech, instead referred to as an open and shut case. See prima facie: res ipsa loquitur and res ipsa loquitur: contrast to prima facie for details.
prima facie - Legal Definition