respondeat superior

respondeat superior
   (Latin: let the master answer)
   A doctrine in the law of agency, which provides that a principal (e.g., an employer) is responsible for the actions of his or her agent (e.g., employee) in the scope of employment. An employee acting on behalf of an employer can bind the employer to contracts or other agreements made by the employee. An employer is also liable for damages from injuries caused by his or her employee while the employee is doing his or her job.

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  • respondeat superior — re·spon·de·at superior /ri spän dē ət / n [Medieval Latin, let the superior give answer]: a doctrine in tort law that makes a master liable for the wrong of a servant; specif: the doctrine making an employer or principal liable for the wrong of… …   Law dictionary

  • Respondeat superior — (Latin: let the master answer ) is a legal doctrine which states that, in many circumstances, an employer is responsible for the actions of employees performed within the course of their employment. [] This… …   Wikipedia

  • Respondeat Superior — (lat.: ‚es soll der Vorgesetzte antworten‘) bezeichnet im Recht Englands und Wales ein im 17. Jahrhundert entstandenes Rechtsinstitut, bei dem ein master oder employer (etwa ‚Dienstherr‘) für torts (etwa ‚Delikt‘) seiner Leute (servants und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • respondeat superior — Frase latina que significa literalmente dejad que responda el maestro , expresando la doctrina de que un patrón debe ser considerado responsable de los agravios cometidos por los empleados que actúan dentro del ámbito de su trabajo. Diccionario… …   Diccionario médico

  • Respondeat Superior — A legal concept in which a company and the company s management are held responsible for employees actions. The phrase respondeat superior is Latin for let the superior respond, and it prevents employers from profiting from the illegal acts of… …   Investment dictionary

  • respondeat superior — noun Etymology: Medieval Latin, let the superior give answer : the responsibility of a principal for his agent s acts the power of control is the test of liability under the doctrine of respondeat superior J.D.Johnson …   Useful english dictionary

  • respondeat superior — The doctrine under which liability is imposed upon an employer for the acts or his employees committed in the course and scope of their employment. 35 Am J1st M & S § 543. The tort liability of a principal for the act of his agent is based, not… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • respondeat superior — noun A legal doctrine which holds that an employer, officer, manager, supervisor, or other individual or group superior to an employee or subordinate may be legally liable for the acts of that employee or subordinate …   Wiktionary

  • respondeat superior — /raspondiyat s(y)apiriyar/ Let the master answer. This doctrine or maxim means that a master is liable in certain cases for the wrongful acts of his servant, and a principal for those of his agent. Burger Chef Systems, Inc. v. Govro, C.A.Mo., 407 …   Black's law dictionary

  • Superior orders — (often known as the Nuremberg defense or lawful orders) is a plea in a court of law that a soldier not be held guilty for actions which were ordered by a superior office.[1] The superior orders plea is similar to the doctrine of respondeat… …   Wikipedia

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