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no-duty doctrine n
a doctrine in tort law: a defendant cannot be held liable for an injury if no duty is owed to the plaintiff
: a doctrine holding that a person in possession of property is under no duty to protect an invitee from a known or obvious hazard and cannot be held liable for injury called also no-duty rule
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.