from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law Evidence that would, if uncontested, establish a fact or raise a presumption of a fact.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (of a fact) (Law), evidence which is sufficient to establish the fact unless rebutted.
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The public mind at such a moment falls into the old medieval confusion – he who feeds or shelters a heretic is upon prima facie evidence a heretic himself – he who knows intimately people among whom anarchists arise is therefore an