re·spon·de·at superior | \ ri-ˈspän-dē-ət-\
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 sense 2b
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showing great care, attention, and effort
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