reasonable person

  

Definition

Ordinary, prudent person who normally exercises due care while avoiding extremes of both audacity and caution. Used as a test of liability in cases of negligence, this standard is not applied uniformly on all persons because varying degrees of reasonableness may be expected from a minor (infant), an adult, an unskilled person, or a professional such as a doctor. See also prudent man rule.

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  • It was determined that the defendant acted the same way as a reasonable person would act in that situation by trying to help.

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  • Now I can't just hire any person off the street for this position, I need a reasonable person because this job is going to have a lot of risks involved with it.

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  • Ted seems like a reasonable person to me, but then again, I do not know if I myself am a reasonable person, so who am I to judge Ted?

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