- at first appearance; at first view, before investigation.
- plain or clear; self-evident; obvious.
Origin of prima facie
Examples from the Web for prima facie
Historical Examples of 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
R. Austin Freeman
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