Legal Definition of respondeat superior
: a doctrine in tort law that makes a master liable for the wrong of a servant; specifically : the doctrine making an employer or principal liable for the wrong of an employee or agent if it was committed within the scope of employment or agency <to recover…upon a theory of respondeat superior, it is incumbent upon plaintiff to prove that the collision occurred while the driver was within the scope of his employment — Perdue v. Mitchell, 373 So. 2d 650 (1979)> — compare scope of employment, vicarious liability at liability 2b
Origin and Etymology of respondeat superior
Medieval Latin, let the superior give answer
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