Prima Facie Definition

prīmə fāshē -shə, -shē-ē
At first sight; on first view, before further examination.
Webster's New World
Based on a first impression.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
At first sight. Not in need of further support to establish credibility or existence; obvious, unless disproved.
Webster's New World Law
True, authentic, or adequate at first sight; ostensible.
Prima facie evidence.
American Heritage

(law) Apparently correct; not needing proof unless evidence to the contrary is shown.


Origin of Prima Facie

  • Middle English manifestly from Latin prīmā faciē prīmā feminine ablative of prīmus first faciē ablative of faciēs shape, face

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin

    From Wiktionary

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