res ipsa loquitur

res ipsa loquitur

[reez ip-suh loh-kwi-ter, lok-wi-, reys]
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.

Origin:
1650–60; < Latin rēs ipsa loquitur literally, the thing itself speaks

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res ipsa loquitur (reɪs ˌɪpsɑː ˈlɒkwɪtə)
 
law the thing or matter speaks for itself
 
[Latin]

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