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res ipsa loquitur

[reez ip-suh loh-kwi-ter, lok-wi-, reys] /ˈriz ˈɪp sə ˈloʊ kwɪ tər, ˈlɒk wɪ-, ˈreɪs/
noun, Law.
1.
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.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin rēs ipsa loquitur literally, the thing itself speaks
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res ipsa loquitur

/reɪs ˌɪpsɑː ˈlɒkwɪtə/
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1.
(law) the thing or matter speaks for itself
Word Origin
Latin
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Latin, "the thing speaks for itself."

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