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1. Law The corroborating evidence that shows that a crime has been committed, other than a confession or an alleged accomplice's statement.
2. A corpse.
[New Latin corpus dēlictī : Latin corpus, body, collection of facts + Latin dēlictī, genitive of dēlictum, crime.]
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(Law) law the body of facts that constitute an offence
[New Latin, literally: the body of the crime]
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cor•pus de•lic•ti(ˈkɔr pəs dɪˈlɪk taɪ)
n., pl. cor•po•ra delicti (ˈkɔr pər ə)
1. the basic element of a crime, as, in murder, the fact that a death has occurred.
2. the evidence, as a body, that proves a crime has been committed.
[1825–35; < New Latin: literally, body of the offense]
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The body of a crime, or the essential facts that show that a crime has been committed.
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|Noun||1.||corpus delicti - the body of evidence that constitute the offence; the objective proof that a crime has been committed (sometimes mistakenly thought to refer to the body of a homicide victim)|
evidence - (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved
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