res ipsa loquiturres ipsa loquitur
the thing speaks for itself
Origin of res ipsa loquiturClassical Latin
From the Latin phrase rÄ“s ipsa loquitur (“the thing speaks for itself").
res ipsa loquitur - Legal Definition
The thing speaks for itself. An evidentiary rule in torts that the very fact that an accident occurred is enough to provide a prima facie case of negligent behavior. Rear-ending another automobile is an example, showing failure to maintain a safe distance on the part of the rear-ender.