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.
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.
Prima facie evidence.
They had, prima facie, a legitimate complaint.
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