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prima facie definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: as it seems at first sight; "a prima facie case of murder" adv
1: at first sight

Merriam Webster's

I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin Date: 15th century at first view ; on the first appearance II. adjective Date: 1800 1. true, valid, or sufficient at first impression ; apparent <the theory…gives a prima facie solution — R. J. Butler> 2. self-evident 3. legally sufficient to establish a fact or a case unless disproved <prima facie evidence>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adv. & adj. --adv. at first sight; from a first impression (seems prima facie to be guilty). --adj. (of evidence) based on the first impression (can see a prima facie reason for it). Etymology: ME f. L, fem. ablat. of primus first, facies FACE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Prima facie Pri"ma fa"ci*e [L., from abl. of primus first + abl. of facies appearance.] At first view; on the first appearance. Prima facie evidence (of a fact) (Law), evidence which is sufficient to establish the fact unless rebutted. --Bouvier.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Prima facie is used to describe something which appears to be true when you first consider it. (FORMAL) There was a prima facie case that a contempt of court had been committed. ADJ: usu ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

[L.] At first sight, on the first view.

Moby Thesaurus

apparently, as it seems, as seen, at a glance, at first sight, at sight, by eyeball, by sight, on the surface, ostensibly, outwardly, seemingly, superficially, to all appearances, to all seeming, to the eye, visibly, visually

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