Definition of corpus delicti in English:

corpus delicti

noun

Law
  • 1The facts and circumstances constituting a breach of a law.

    • ‘I've worked in criminal justice for years, and I always know what should be done when there is a substantial corpus delicti.’
    1. 1.1 Concrete evidence of a crime, such as a corpse.
      • ‘The period of limitation shall not run during any time when the corpus delicti remains undiscovered.’

Origin

Latin, literally ‘body of offense’.

Pronunciation

corpus delicti

/dəˈlikˌtī/