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Wordnet 3.0


1. as it seems at first sight;
- Example: "a prima facie case of murder"


1. at first sight;

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prima facie \Pri"ma fa"ci*e\ [L., from abl. of primus first + abl. of facies appearance.] At first view; on the first appearance. [1913 Webster] Prima facie evidence (of a fact) (Law), evidence which is sufficient to establish the fact unless rebutted. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

prima facie adv 1: at first sight adj 1: as it seems at first sight; "a prima facie case of murder"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

18 Moby Thesaurus words for "prima facie": apparently, as it seems, as seen, at a glance, at first sight, at sight, by eyeball, by sight, on the surface, ostensibly, outwardly, seemingly, superficially, to all appearances, to all seeming, to the eye, visibly, visually
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

PRIMA FACIE. The first blush; the first view or appearance of the business; as, the holder of a bill of exchange, indorsed in blank, is prima facie its owner. 2. Prima facie evidence of a fact, is in law sufficient to establish the fact, unless rebutted. 6 Pet. R. 622, 632; 14 Pet. R. 334. See, generally, 7 J. J. Marsh, 425; 3 N. H. Rep. 484; 3 Stew. & Port. 267; 5 Rand. 701; 1 Pick. 332; 1 South. 77; 1 Yeates, 347; Gilp. 147; 2 N. & McCord, 320; 1 Miss. 334; 11 Conn. 95; 2 Root, 286; 16 John. 66, 136; 1 Bailey, 174: 2 A. K. Marsh. 244. For example, when buildings are fired by sparks emitted from a locomotive engine passing along the road, it is prima facie evidence of negligence on the part of those who have the charge of it. 3 Man. Gr. & Sc. 229.