[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
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Examples from the Web for prima facie
This is prima-facie evidence that the first statement was a libel.The Cathedrals of Southern France
This suggests the prima-facie probability that he was John Blackmore.The Mystery of 31 New Inn
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Nothing could show more clearly that the compilers feel that there is a prima-facie case against them.
There was no prima-facie absurdity in his hypothesis—and experiment was the sole means of demonstrating its truth or falsity.
- at first sight; as it seems at first
C15: from Latin, from prīmus first + faciēs face
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Word Origin and History for prima facie
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