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

     

    corpus delicti

     noun
    noun
    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’.
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