Meaning of corpus delicti

cor•pus de•lic•ti

Pronunciation: (kôr'pus di-lik'tī), [key]
— pl. cor•po•ra de•lic•ti
  1. the basic element or fact of a crime, as, in murder, the death of the murdered person.
  2. the object, as the body of a murdered person, upon which a crime has been committed and that serves as evidence proving that the crime was committed.
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