Hypothetical person who sensibly exercises qualities of attention, knowledge, intelligence and judgment. Used as legal standard to determine negligence.
A phrase used to refer to that hypothetical person who exercises those qualities of attention, knowledge, intelligence, and judgment which society requires of its members for the protection of its own interests and the interests of others.
The concept of "reasonable person" is intended to ensure that personal information is only collected, used or disclosed for purposes that a reasonable person would consider appropriate in the circumstances. The reasonable person test is contextual and objective.
an intelligent, non-expert person
A pattern of behavior used as a basis for defining negligent conduct. One is required to act as though he or she has the physical attributes of the person actually involved in the case, as well as to exercise a certain degree of mental capacity - that of the average person of similar age and experience. Persons holding themselves out as having superior skills, knowledge or intelligence also have a special standard of conduct imposed on them, which is higher than the one imposed the average person.
the standard often used to determine whether someone acted wrongfully. The reasonable person acts sensibly, and takes proper but not excessive precautions.
the standard used by courts to assess whether particular conduct is illegal by determining whether a reasonable person would find it severely or pervasively offensive under similar circumstances. Return to course
A phrase used to denote a hypothetical person who exercises qualities of attention, knowledge; intelligence, and judgment that society requires of its members for the protection of their own interest and the interests of others. Thus, the test of negligence is based on either a failure to do something that a reasonable person, guided by considerations that ordinarily regulate conduct, would do, or on the doing of something that a reasonable and prudent (wise) person would not do.
A phrase used to describe a hypothetical person who exercises qualities of attention, knowledge, intelligence, and judgment that society would like for its members to exhibit. Thus, the test of negligence is based on either a failure to do something that a reasonable person would do or the doing of something that a reasonable person would not do.
The reasonable man or reasonable person standard is a legal fiction that originated in the development of the common law. The "reasonable person" is a hypothetical, rational, reasonably intelligent individual who is intended to represent a sort of "average" citizen. The ability of this hypothetical individual to understand matters is consulted in the process of making decisions of law.