prima facie adv[Latin]
: at first view
: on first appearance absent other information or evidence [guidelines which would prima facie accredit new entrance examinations as nondiscriminatory "S. L. Lynch"] compare ex facie
adj : sufficient to establish a fact or case unless disproved [prima facie proof] [a prima facie showing]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.