from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. At first sight; before closer inspection: They had, prima facie, a legitimate complaint.
- adj. True, authentic, or adequate at first sight; ostensible: prima facie credibility.
- adj. Evident without proof or reasoning; obvious: a prima facie violation of the treaty.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. at first sight; on the face of it
- adj. apparently correct; not needing proof unless evidence to the contrary is shown
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- At first view; on the first appearance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. At first view or appearance. See at prime face, under prime, a.
- n. A case consisting of evidence sufficient to go to the jury: that is to say, one which raises a presumption of fact, and hence will justify a verdict, though it may not require one.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. at first sight
- adj. as it seems at first sight
The public mind at such a moment falls into the old medieval confusion – he who feeds or shelters a heretic is upon prima facie evidence a heretic himself – he who knows intimately people among whom anarchists arise is therefore an
Fa’úlun, and this, standing by itself, might prima facie be taken for a line of the Hazaj (iii.
Philistines-from Caphtor, "(Amos 9: 7) and" the remnant of the maritime district of Caphtor "(Jeremiah 47: 4) it is prima facie probable that they were the Caphtorim which came out of Caphtor" who expelled the Avim from their territory and occupied it; in their place, (2: 23) and that these again were the Caphtorim mentioned in the Mosaic genealogical table among the descendants of Mizraim.
When the Cumberland's papers were examined by Decaen's officers, and these despatches were read and translated, there was at once a prima facie ground for saying, “this officer is not engaged on purely scientific work; he is the bearer of despatches which might if delivered have an influence upon the present war.”