reasonable person

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reasonable person

(in law) a hypothetical person who possesses the qualities that are used as an objective standard on which to judge a defendant's action in a negligence suit. In such suits it must be decided whether or not a reasonable person, under the same circumstances, would have acted in the same way as the defendant.

reasonable person

see reasonable person principle.
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Being a reasonable man, Lerg also is not superstitious.
The prosecutor concluded: "A reasonable man, armed with a firearm, facing a closed door would not have fired four shots if 'provoked' only by a sound.
No reasonable man could ever ignore elections in which three-quarters of voters select a candidate.
The picture emerges of someone who, when not intoxicated, is a hard-working and reasonable man.
I conclude with a quote from George Bernard Shaw: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him.
There are not a lot of good answers to that question, except this: a reasonable man in Tehran might well conclude that Iranian national security is better served by stopping the nuclear program before it actually produces weapons.
One minute he is a perfectly reasonable man, the next he is intoxicated with trying to re-educate Britain back to the 1950s" - Writer Jeanette Winterson on Education Secretary Michael Gove.
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Such a publication in the newspaper having good circulation can cause trauma, agony and anguish in the mind of any reasonable man," the court said.
If there was some sort of political motivation, then the students would have done what the reasonable man ought to have done in the same circumstances having reason to believe or foresee the impact of his actions.
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He was desperate to avoid another cataclysmic war - the horrors and attritions of the Great War were still in the relatively recent past - and wrongly believed that he could, as a reasonable man, do business with a lying, evil tyrant like Adolf Hitler.

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