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Respondeat superior

“Respondeat superior” is a Latin term that means “let the master answer.” In legal terms, this doctrine holds an employer or principal responsible for the wrongful acts committed by an employee or agent, if such acts occur within the scope of their employment or agency. This doctrine is often applied in cases of vicarious liability, where the employer or principal is held accountable for the actions of their employees or agents, even if they did not personally commit the wrongful act. It is a fundamental principle in tort law and is commonly invoked in cases of negligence or misconduct in the workplace.

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