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prima facie

adjective [before noun] uk   us   /ˌpraɪ.məˈfeɪ.ʃi/ formal or specialized
at first sight (= based on what seems to be the truth when first seen or heard): There is prima facie evidence that he was involved in the fraud. For millions of Americans witnessing the event, it was a prima facie case of police brutality.
Translations of “prima facie”
in Chinese (Traditional) 初步認定的, 建立在初次印象上的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 初步认定的, 建立在初次印象上的…
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