prima facie

prima facie

[prahy-muh fey-shee-ee, fey-shee, fey-shuh, pree-]
at first appearance; at first view, before investigation.
plain or clear; self-evident; obvious.

1425–75; late Middle English < Latin prīmā faciē

ad hoc, a posteriori, a priori, ex post facto, prima facie. Unabridged
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prima facie (ˈpraɪmə ˈfeɪʃɪ)
at first sight; as it seems at first
[C15: from Latin, from prīmus first + faciēsface]

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prima facie
c.1420, from L., lit. "at first sight," ablative of prima facies "first appearance," from prima, fem. sing. of primus "first" + facies "form, face."
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