prima facie

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


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 confused

ad hoc a posteriori a priori ex post facto prima facie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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