from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. At first sight; before closer inspection: They had, prima facie, a legitimate complaint.
- adj. True, authentic, or adequate at first sight; ostensible: prima facie credibility.
- adj. Evident without proof or reasoning; obvious: a prima facie violation of the treaty.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. at first sight; on the face of it
- adj. apparently correct; not needing proof unless evidence to the contrary is shown
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- At first view; on the first appearance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. At first view or appearance. See at prime face, under prime, a.
- n. A case consisting of evidence sufficient to go to the jury: that is to say, one which raises a presumption of fact, and hence will justify a verdict, though it may not require one.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. at first sight
- adj. as it seems at first sight
Middle English, manifestly, from Latin prīmā faciē : prīmā, feminine ablative of prīmus, first + faciē, ablative of faciēs, shape, face.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)