Prima-facie meaning

prīmə fāshē -shə, -shē-ē
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.

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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.

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Based on a first impression.
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At first sight; on first view, before further examination.
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True, authentic, or adequate at first sight; ostensible.

Prima facie evidence.

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At first sight. Not in need of further support to establish credibility or existence; obvious, unless disproved.
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(law) At first sight; on the face of it.
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(law) Apparently correct; not needing proof unless evidence to the contrary is shown.
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At first sight; before closer inspection.

They had, prima facie, a legitimate complaint.

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Self-evident.
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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

  • From Wiktionary