corpus delicti


corpus delicti
corpus de·lic·ti /-di-'lik-ˌtī, -dā-, -tē/ n [New Latin, literally, the body of the offense]: the substance of a crime that the prosecutor must prove and that consists of an injury or loss (as death of a victim or disappearance of property) and the criminal act that resulted in it

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

corpus delicti
n.
(Latin) The body of a crime; the person or object on which the crime is committed, or the prima facie showing that the person or object was the victim of a crime; a necessary element for conviction, including the occurrence of some injury and some criminal act.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


corpus delicti
'the body of an offence', the essential facts that constitute the crime. Thus, it is not the corpse in a murder trial although a dead body is one of the facts that constitute the corpus delicti.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


corpus delicti
(core-pus dee-lick-tie) Latin for the "body of the crime." Used to describe physical evidence that a crime has been committed, such as the corpse of a murder victim or the charred frame of a torched building. It's used to refer to the underlying principle that, without evidence of a crime having been committed, it would be unjust to convict someone.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


corpus delicti
n. Latin The body of the crime. The objective evidence that there has been an injury (physical or otherwise) or loss and that it was caused by the criminal act of some person or thing.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


corpus delicti
(Latin: The body of the crime.)
The foundation or material substance of a crime.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


corpus delicti
I
[Latin, The body of the crime.] The foundation or material substance of a crime.
II The body or substance of the offense.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

corpus delicti
n.
[corpus dee-lick-tie] Latin for the substantial fact that a crime has been committed, and in popular crime jargon, the body of the murder victim.

Law dictionary. . 2013.