Definition of corpus delicti in English:

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corpus delicti

Pronunciation: /dəˈlikˌtī/ Pronunciation: /-tē/


1The facts and circumstances constituting a breach of a law.
Example sentences
  • I've worked in criminal justice for years, and I always know what should be done when there is a substantial corpus delicti.
1.1Concrete evidence of a crime, such as a corpse.
Example sentences
  • The period of limitation shall not run during any time when the corpus delicti remains undiscovered.


Latin, literally 'body of offense'.

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Syllabification: cor·pus de·lic·ti

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