Definition of corpus delicti noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    corpus delicti

    BrE BrE//ˌkɔːpəs dɪˈlɪktaɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɔːrpəs dɪˈlɪktaɪ//
    [singular] (law)
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  1. 1the circumstances in which a law is broken, and the facts relating to the case
  2. 2evidence that can be seen, for example a dead body
  3. Word OriginLatin, literally ‘body of offence’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: corpus delicti