Definition of res ipsa loquitur in English:

res ipsa loquitur

Line breaks: res ipsa lo¦qui|tur
Pronunciation: /ˌreɪz ˌɪpsə ˈlɒkwɪtə
 
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noun

Law
The principle that the mere occurrence of some types of accident is sufficient to imply negligence.
More example sentences
  • A claim of res ipsa loquitur will usually not succeed, or indeed be necessary, if there is any actual evidence about how the loss or injury was sustained.
  • Res ipsa loquitur does not excuse the finder of fact from determining "how the specific negligence occurred".
  • As to causation, the Judge decided that the maxim ‘res ipsa loquitur’ applied.

Origin

Latin, literally 'the matter speaks for itself'.

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