Definition of corpus delicti in English:

corpus delicti

Line breaks: cor¦pus de|licti
Pronunciation: /dɪˈlɪktʌɪ
 
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noun

Law
  • 1The facts and circumstances constituting a crime.
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    • 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.
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    • The period of limitation shall not run during any time when the corpus delicti remains undiscovered.

Origin

Latin, literally 'body of offence'.

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