strict liability


Definition of strict liability

: liability imposed without regard to fault

Examples of strict liability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the filing, the lawyers claimed this statement invited the jury to apply strict liability, a standard of liability that means the defendant could be responsible for the consequences of an action even in the absence of criminal intent. Bynadine El-bawab, ABC News, 26 Apr. 2022 The law change eliminates the strict liability rule that made the owner responsible for damages caused by the dog’s actions even if the owner did not know the dog would act aggressively. Donna Engle,, 23 May 2021 In cases where strict liability for accidents or injuries does not apply, negligence may. Donna Engle,, 8 May 2021 Maryland is among the majority of states that apply strict liability to certain situations. Donna Engle,, 8 May 2021 Relying on the previous Supreme Court rulings, the court in United States v. DeCoster brushed aside arguments that jailing the the owner and his son for a strict liability crime violated the Constitution. Todd Haugh, The Conversation, 27 Apr. 2020 Torts law isn’t based on strict liability—harm alone won’t result in a damage award. Max Lockie, Quartz, 24 Apr. 2020 To prove most crimes, prosecutors must show the defendant committed a proscribed act and did so with a guilty mind—ill intent—with the exception of a very few strict liability offenses, like statutory rape. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, 2 Nov. 2019 The lawsuit alleges negligence and strict liability by all the respondents and is seeking general damages for Wilcoxen’s physical injuries, pain and suffering and emotional trauma as well as special damages related to his medical treatment. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, 24 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of strict liability

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of strict liability was in 1896

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30 Apr 2022

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“Strict liability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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Legal Definition of strict liability

— see liability sense 2b

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