respondeat superior(redirected from Respondent superior)
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Etymology: L, let the master answer
the concept that an employer may be held liable for torts committed by employees acting within the scope of their employment.
respondeat superiorLatin–let the master answer for the servant Medical malpractice A legal doctrine that holds an employer liable for an employee's wrongful or negligent act. See 'Captain of the ship. ', 'Deepest pockets', Malpractice.
res·pon·de·at su·pe·ri·or(rē-spon'dē-ăt sŭ-pēr'ē-ŏr)
Legal doctrine that makes an employer responsible for an employee's action; sometimes called 'captain of the ship principle' or law of agency.
[L., let the superior take responsibility]
n a legal doctrine that passes the legal responsibility for acts or omissions of an employee to the employer.