respondeat superior n[Medieval Latin, let the superior give answer]
: a doctrine in tort law that makes a master liable for the wrong of a servant
: 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
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