corpus delicti

corpus delicti

[kawr-puhs di-lik-tahy]
noun, plural corpora delicti [kawr-per-uh di-lik-tahy] . Law.
1.
the basic element or fact of a crime, as, in murder, the death of the murdered person.
2.
the object, as the body of a murdered person, upon which a crime has been committed and that serves as evidence proving that the crime was committed.

Origin:
1825–35; < Neo-Latin: literally, body of the offense

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corpus delicti (dɪˈlɪktaɪ)
 
n
law the body of facts that constitute an offence
 
[New Latin, literally: the body of the crime]

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