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prima facie

[prahy-muh fey-shee-ee, fey-shee, fey-shuh, pree-] /ˈpraɪ mə ˈfeɪ ʃiˌi, ˈfeɪ ʃi, ˈfeɪ ʃə, ˈpri-/
noun
1.
at first appearance; at first view, before investigation.
2.
plain or clear; self-evident; obvious.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin prīmā faciē
Can be confused
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prima facie

/ˈpraɪmə ˈfeɪʃɪ/
uknown
1.
at first sight; as it seems at first
Word Origin
C15: from Latin, from prīmus first + faciēsface
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Word Origin and History for prima facie

Latin, literally "at first sight," ablative of prima facies "first appearance," from prima, fem. singular of primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + facies "form, face" (see face (n.)).

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