prima facie

[ prahy-muh -fey-shee-ee, fey-shee, fey-shuh, pree- ]
/ ˈpraɪ mə ˈfeɪ ʃiˌi, ˈfeɪ ʃi, ˈfeɪ ʃə, ˈpri- /

adverb

at first appearance; at first view, before investigation; self-evident; obvious.

adjective

plain or clear on initial investigation or at first view; self-evident; obvious: A rise in productivity correlates with rising employee well-being, making a prima facie case for improving workplace conditions.

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Origin of prima facie

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English, from Latin prīmā faciē (ablative singular of prīma faciēs); see origin at prime, facies

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prima facie

ad hoc, a posteriori, a priori, ex post facto, prima facie
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British Dictionary definitions for prima facie

prima facie
/ (ˈpraɪmə ˈfeɪʃɪ) /

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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