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Definition of prima facie adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

prima facie

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ˌpraɪmə ˈfeɪʃi//
 
, NAmE//ˌpraɪməˈfeɪʃə//
 
, NAmE//ˌpriməˈfeɪʃi//
 
, NAmE//ˌprimə ˈfeɪʃə//
 
[only before noun] (from Latin) (law)
 
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based on what at first seems to be true, although it may be proved false later prima facie evidence
prima facie adverb
 
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Prima facie, there is a strong case against him.