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Prima Facie

(Latin). At first sight. A prima facie case is a case or statement which, without minute examination into its merits, seems plausible and correct.

It would be easy to make out a strong prima facie case, but I should advise the more cautious policy of audi alteram partem.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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