corpus delicti

Definition of "corpus delicti"
  1. The tangible proof that a crime occurred, like the body of a murder victim or the burnt remains of a building intentionally set on fire
How to use "corpus delicti" in a sentence
  1. The discovery of the painting in his possession was the corpus delicti in the case of the stolen artwork.
  2. Without a corpus delicti, it can be challenging to secure a criminal conviction.
  3. Investigators are searching the scene for any corpus delicti to prove arson was committed.

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