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 (fā′shē-ēz′, -shēz)
n. pl. facies
1. Biology The general aspect or outward appearance, as of a given growth of flora.
2. Medicine The appearance or expression of the face, especially when typical of a certain disorder or disease.
3. Geology A rock or stratified body distinguished from others by its appearance or composition.

[Latin faciēs; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -cies
1. (Biology) the general form and appearance of an individual or a group of plants or animals
2. (Geological Science) the characteristics of a rock or series of rocks reflecting their appearance, composition, and conditions of formation
3. (Medicine) med the general facial expression of a patient, esp when typical of a specific disease or disorder. See Hippocratic facies
[C17: from Latin: appearance, face]


(ˈfeɪ ʃiˌiz, -ʃiz)

n., pl. fa•ci•es.
1. general appearance, as of an animal or vegetable group.
2. the appearance and characteristics of a rock formation, esp. as differentiated from contiguous deposits.
3. a facial expression characteristic of a pathological condition.
4. a distinctive phase of a prehistoric cultural tradition.
[1680–1690; < Latin: form, figure, appearance, face, akin to facere to make]


Features of the appearance or composition of a rock representing a local environment.
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There are, it seems to me, prima facie different kinds of causal laws, one belonging to physics and the other to psychology.
This put me a little out, but I began to make other inquiries in regard to his astronomical knowledge, when a member of the company, who had never as yet opened his mouth, whispered in my ear, that for information on this head, I had better consult Ptolemy (whoever Ptolemy is), as well as one Plutarch de facie lunae.
A spokesman said: "It sets a precedent that UK executives can be extradited without prima facie evidence.
Unlike previous scholarship, however, it also argues that the narrow rule introduces an additional and incorrect "but for" causation requirement into the prima facie case.
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But in those countries where we do have extradition agreements, we have dropped the requirement for a prima facie case to be proved (here).
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With the results of their initial probe, which was done upon the directive of the House justice committee, Guballa said they found prima facie evidence for possible tax fraud committed by Sereno.
Thipsay, who ruled on four bail pleas in case, told ANI in an interview that discharge means that there is prima facie no case against the accused.