Res-ipsa-loquitur definition

ipsəläkwətər
The thing speaks for itself.
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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.
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(law) A maxim where the very improbable facts of an accident imply the negligence of the defendant. It effectively shifts the burden of proof to the defendant.
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Origin of res-ipsa-loquitur

  • L

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • From the Latin phrase rÄ“s ipsa loquitur (“the thing speaks for itself").

    From Wiktionary