Corpus-delicti



[kawr-puh s di-lik-tahy] /ˈkɔr pəs dɪˈlɪk taɪ/

noun, plural corpora delicti
[kawr-per-uh di-lik-tahy] /ˈkɔr pər ə dɪˈlɪk taɪ/ (Show IPA). Law.
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.
/dɪˈlɪktaɪ/
noun
1.
(law) the body of facts that constitute an offence

1832, Latin, literally “body of the offense;” not “the murder victim’s body,” but the basic elements that make up a crime; in the case of a murder, including the body of the murdered person.

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