American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Law The material evidence in a homicide, such as the discovered corpse of a murder victim, showing that a crime has been committed.
- n. A corpse.
- n. law The body of the victim
- n. law The evidence that a crime has occurred.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) the substantial and fundamental fact of the comission of a crime; the proofs essential to establish a crime.
- n. the body of evidence that constitute the offence; the objective proof that a crime has been committed (sometimes mistakenly thought to refer to the body of a homicide victim)
- From New Latin, from Latin corpus ("body") dēlictī ("of crime"). (Wiktionary)
- New Latin corpus dēlictī : Latin corpus, body + Latin dēlictī, genitive of dēlictum, crime. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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