corpus delicti


corpus delicti
corpus delicti [də lik′tī΄, di lik′tē΄]
n.
[ModL, lit., body of the crime]
1. the facts constituting or proving a crime; material substance or foundation of a crime: the corpus delicti in a murder case is not just the body of the victim, but the fact that the victim has been murdered
2. loosely the body of the victim in a murder case

English World dictionary. . 2014.