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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That you must have seen many a chopper skimming the cream from the face of the earth, and many a settler getting the very honey of nature, old trapper," said Paul, "no reasonable man can, or, for that matter, shall doubt.
What suggested it, is the circumstance of my best pupil--my treasure--being snatched from my hands, and put away out of my reach; the inference to be drawn from it is--that, being a steady, reasonable man, I did not allow the resentment, disappointment, and grief, engendered in my mind by this evil chance, to grow there to any monstrous size; nor did I allow them to monopolize the whole space of my heart; I pent them, on the contrary, in one strait and secret nook.
In less than five minutes' time, Tom was ensconced in the room opposite the bar--the very room where he had imagined the fire blazing--before a substantial, matter-of-fact, roaring fire, composed of something short of a bushel of coals, and wood enough to make half a dozen decent gooseberry bushes, piled half-way up the chimney, and roaring and crackling with a sound that of itself would have warmed the heart of any reasonable man.
I think he is a reasonable man, despite his flamboyant ways - a result of his previous activities and experience," he said.
Anger can turn even the most reasonable man into a fanatic.
Your son-in-law sounds like a lovely, reasonable man so I don't think you need to worry about that.
May I suggest you send an impartial member of your constituency to judge for themselves what a reasonable man would consider 'unsafe'.
The judge said that no reasonable man would be expected to put up with such a woman.
Meanwhile, Johnny proves he's the most reasonable man in Walford as he promises Ted he's on his side, even if the pensioner did shoot him.
Modern logic might reveal the story as something about how a reasonable man will attempt to solve a mysterious crime.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
I am a reasonable man and politician and I believe that if I see arguments that could be the solution, then all options are on the table.

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