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prima facie -- (Latin)
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  • Prima facie, I put it to you that there was no attempt at carnally knowing.
  • The abnormalities of harelip, breastmole, supernumerary digits, negro’s inkle, strawberry mark and portwine stain were alleged by one as a prima facie and natural hypothetical explanation of those swineheaded (the case of Madame Grissel Steevens was not forgotten) or doghaired infants occasionally born.

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  • The grand jury found the complainants established a prima facie case against the defendant.
  • Syphilis, of course, was prima facie evidence of sex beyond the bounds of marriage, of moral corruption (you could only get it, supposedly, by visiting prostitutes), and therefore taboo.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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