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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
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.