Definition of Prima facie

1. Adjective. As it seems at first sight. "A prima facie case of murder"

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2. Adverb. At first sight.

Definition of Prima facie

1. Adverb. (legal) at first sight; on the face of it ¹

2. Adjective. (legal) apparently correct; not needing proof unless evidence to the contrary is shown ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prima Facie

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prima donna
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prima facie (current term)
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Literary usage of Prima facie

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"It is prima facie negligence to <ao employ an infant within the prohibited age." The question also arose in Mangue v. Coal Co., supra, where It was held: ..."

2. A Treatise on the Bankruptcy Law of the United States by Harold Remington (1915)
"Burden of Proof—Original Order of Allowance, prima facie Case.—The burden of proof rests on the party desiring the reconsideration of an order of allowance, ..."

3. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1903)
"prima facie, at least, this makes a case of embezzlement, ... It is sufficient for the purposes of this proceeding that a prima facie case of embezzlement ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"The court was asked to hold that those surveys constituted "prima facie evidence of the correct location of such confirmations." The lower court declined to ..."

5. The Congressional Globe by United States Congress, Francis Preston Blair, John Cook Rives, George A. Bailey, Franklin Rives (1857)
"The distinction has been raised between prima facie evidence and full evidence, and very properly raised, for undoubtedly gentlemen have been continually, ..."

6. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent, Charles M. Barnes (1884)
"In New York, the current language of the court originally was, (a) that the non-delivery of goods at the time of the sale oy mortgage was only prima facie ..."

7. United States Supreme Court Reports by United States Supreme Court, Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, LEXIS Law Publishing (1911)
"Parks, 82 Ark. 141, holding act of 1871 constitutional as making recitals of tax deeds prima facie, not conclusive, evidence; Sams v. King, 18 Fla. ..."

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