prima facie

prima facie
pri·ma fa·cie 1 /'prī-mə-'fā-shə, -sē, -shē/ adv [Latin]: at first view: on first appearance absent other information or evidence
guidelines which would prima facie accredit new entrance examinations as nondiscriminatory — S. L. Lynch compare ex facie
prima facie 2 adj: sufficient to establish a fact or case unless disproved
prima facie proof
a prima facie showing

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

prima facie
I (legally sufficient) adjective adequate, lawfully sufficient, legally adequate, satisfactory, sufficient on its face, sufficient on the pleadings, sufficient to make out a case, sufficiently strong, suitable associated concepts: prima facie case, prima facie claim, prima facie evidence, prima facie negligence, prima facie nuisance, prima facie proof, prima facie tort II (self-evident) adjective apparently, at first glance, at first sight, at first view, at sight, before further examination, by all appearances, on presentation, on the face of the matter, on the first view, ostensibly, presumably, seemingly, to all appearances III index content (meaning)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

prima facie
(Latin) First face; at first sight; based on first impressions; the initial view of something, accepted as true until disproven.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

prima facie
'on the face of it'.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

prima facie
(pree-mah-fey-shah) Latin for "at first look" or "on its face." A prima facie case is one that at first glance presents sufficient evidence for the plaintiff to win. The defendant must refute the case in some way to have a chance of prevailing at trial. For example, if you can show that someone intentionally touched you in a harmful or offensive way and caused some injury to you, you have established a prima facie case of battery. However, this does not mean that you automatically win your case. The defendant would win if he could show that you consented to the harmful or offensive touching
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

prima facie
adv. Latin At first sight. Not in need of further support to establish credibility or existence; obvious, unless disproved.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

prima facie
(Latin: On the first appearance.)
A fact presumed to be true unless it is disproved.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

prima facie
[Latin, On the first appearance.] A fact presumed to be true unless it is disproved.
II On the face of it; at first view.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

prima facie
[pry-mah fay-shah]
   Latin for "at first look," or "on its face," referring to a lawsuit or criminal prosecution in which the evidence before trial is sufficient to prove the case unless there is substantial contradictory evidence presented at trial. A prima facie case presented to a Grand Jury by the prosecution will result in an indictment. Example: in a charge of bad check writing, evidence of a half dozen checks written on a non-existent bank account makes it a prima facie case. However, proof that the bank had misprinted the account number on the checks might disprove the prosecution's apparent "open and shut" case.
   See also: prima facie case

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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