res ipsa loquitur

[ reez ip-suh loh-kwi-ter, lok-wi-, reys ]
/ ˈriz ˈɪp sə ˈloʊ kwɪ tər, ˈlɒk wɪ-, ˈreɪs /

noun Law.

the rule that an injury is due to the defendant's negligence when that which caused it was under his or her control or management and the injury would not have happened had proper management been observed.

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Origin of res ipsa loquitur

First recorded in 1650–60, res ipsa loquitur is from the Latin word rēs ipsa loquitur literally, the thing itself speaks Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for res ipsa loquitur

res ipsa loquitur
/ (reɪs ˌɪpsɑː ˈlɒkwɪtə) /

law the thing or matter speaks for itself

Word Origin for res ipsa loquitur

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