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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Definitions for prima facie

  1. At first view; on the first appearance.
  2. True, valid, or adequate at first sight; as it seems at first sight; ostensible.
  3. Self-evident; obvious.

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Citations for prima facie
Rather, they are the product of considerable artistry in the analysis and exposition of statistical data, giving the conclusions a prima facie credibility. Arnold R. Weber, New York Times
With all rich men and women there is, of course, a substantial body of populist literature that concludes that their riches were won from the labor of others, or that the structure of capitalist society ensured that the rich would grow richer as the poor grew poorer, or that riches are prima facie evidence of unethical behavior. Robin W. Winks, Laurance S. Rockefeller: Catalyst for Conservation
Origin of prima facie
late Middle English
Prima facie is from the Latin phrase meaning "at first appearance."