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Definition of prima facie adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


prima facie

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.