prima facie

[prahy-muh fey-shee-ee, fey-shee, fey-shuh, pree-]


at first appearance; at first view, before investigation.


plain or clear; self-evident; obvious.

Origin of prima facie

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin prīmā faciē
Can be confusedad hoc a posteriori a priori ex post facto prima facie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for prima facie

appearing, evidential

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British Dictionary definitions for prima facie

prima facie

at first sight; as it seems at first

Word Origin for prima facie

C15: from Latin, from prīmus first + faciēs face
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Word Origin and History for prima facie

Latin, literally "at first sight," ablative of prima facies "first appearance," from prima, fem. singular of primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + facies "form, face" (see face (n.)).

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