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Topic: LAW

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: 'at first appearance'

prima facie

adjective
     
pri‧ma fa‧cie [only before noun] law
SCL based on what seems to be true when you first consider a situation, even though it may later be proved to be untrue:
prima facie evidence
a prima facie case of professional misconduct
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