respondeat superior


re·​spon·​de·​at 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

Word History


Medieval Latin, let the superior give answer

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“Respondeat superior.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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