family purpose doctrine

noun

Legal Definition of family purpose doctrine

: a doctrine in tort law: the owner of a car is vicariously liable for damages incurred by a family member while using the car with the owner's permission

called also family car doctrine

Note: This doctrine is recognized only in some jurisdictions and has been rejected in most.

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“Family purpose doctrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/family%20purpose%20doctrine. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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