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res ipsa loquitur

res ipsa loquitur

  • Term

    Main definition

  • res ipsa loquitur

    Latin for "The cause itself talks," a doctrine of law that if one had exclusive control of whatever caused an injury, and without negligence the accident would not have happened, one is presumed to be negligent without any specific evidence of an act of negligence.

    Synonyms: res ipsa

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