Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. most important

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • First.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. used primarily as eating apples
  • adj. indicating the most important performer or role

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • Ross thinks that duty proper, as he calls it, is a quite different sort of thing from a prima facie duty; the notion of ˜duty™ in ˜prima facie duty™ is a different notion from that in ˜duty proper™.

    Harold Arthur Prichard

  • WORD CORRECT PRONUNCIATION bivouac _biv'wak_ chargé d'affaires _shar zha'daffar'_ connoisseur _connissur_ dishabille _dis'abil_ ennui _onwe_, not _ongwe_ finale _finah'le_ foyer _fwaya'_ massage _masahzh_ naïve _nah'ev_ papier maché _papya mahsha_ piquant _pe'kant_ prima facie _prima fa'shie_ pro tempore _pro tem'pore_ régime _razhem'_

    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • Now, you have got a huge group of people fleeing for the same reason and so UNHCR began addressing refugees as groups en masse, what we call prima facie cases, said Redmond.

    UNHCR Celebrates 60th Anniversary

  • Ngcuka had announced in 2003 that Zuma would not be prosecuted for corruption related to the country's multi-billion rand arms acquisition deal, despite what he called prima facie evidence of wrongdoing.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In any case, does he really trust the rich and famous, people he describes as "prima donnas" and "divas", to tell the unvarnished truth on his site?

    David Tang: From connections come corrections

  • (Compared to Iris and Doris, Susan and Simone were competitive and vain prima donnas.)

    Doris Blessing

  • Note 61: Ebrard, p. 1543F: "Vnde & Petrus in prima Epistola ad infantium imitationem nos inuitat dicens: deponentes igitur omnem malitiam, & omnem dolum, & simulationes, & inuidias, & omnes detractiones; sicut modo geniti infantes, rationabile, sine dolo, lac concupiscite, &c." back

    A Tender Age: Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

  • "The lady whom you call my prima donna knew him and he knew her, and she must have had mighty good reasons for running."

    The Lure of the Mask

  • It is certainly not brilliant wordplay on the use of the legal term prima facia with cosmetic surgery which would warrant a pointer, it’s talking about someone’s face and using the term “on it’s face”, hardly subtle.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Nightmare of Every Rookie Prosecutor:

  • GRACE: It's called a prima facia case, a bone bare case, that there's probable cause to believe a rape happened.

    CNN Transcript Aug 6, 2003

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.