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corpus delicti
(Latin)


The court concluded that corpus delicti was established by the presented circumstantial. evidence.
  literally translates as "the body of evidence"; the objective proof that a crime has been committed
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Notes:
sometimes mistakenly thought to refer to the body of a homicide victim
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  • The court concluded that corpus delicti was established by the presented circumstantial. evidence.
  • "Don’t you see?" said the Thenardier, pointing to the corpus delicti which lay at Cosette’s feet.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • (He extends his portfolio) We have here damning evidence, the corpus delicti, my lord, a specimen of my maturer work disfigured by the hallmark of the beast.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Today it was about whether—in the case of homicide—the corpus delicti is the knife or the dead man whose death is the actual proof of the crime.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies

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  • "But Lors ha’ massy, how did you get near such mud as that?" said Sally, making a wry face, as she stooped down and examined the corpus delicti.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • He did not want word to get out that Tereza was sleeping at his place: spending the night together was the corpus delicti of love.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The boy’s father said, This photograph was the only corpus delicti.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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Associated words [difficulty]:   corpus delicti [9] , circumstantial evidence [6] , bar [1] , Chapter 11 bankruptcy [3] , grand jury [5] , recuse [5] , circumstantial evidence [6] , entrapment [6] , extradition [6] , inside information [6] , subpoena [6] , conflict of interest [7] , restraining order [7] , certiorari [8] , class action [8] , power of attorney [8] , pro bono [8] , public domain [8] , tort [8] , Uniform Commercial Code [9] , bench warrant [9] , collective bargaining [9] , de jure [9] , demurrer [9] , deponent [9] , ex parte [9] , notary public [9] , prima facie [9] , pseudoscience [9]
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