res ipsa loquitur

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From the Latin phrase rēs ipsa loquitur (the thing speaks for itself).

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res ipsa loquitur

  1. The import of a thing or situation is obvious.
  2. (law) A maxim where the very improbable facts of an accident imply the negligence of the defendant. It effectively shifts the burden of proof to the defendant.

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Etymology[edit]

From rēs (thing) + ipsa (herself), the feminine of ipse (himself) because rēs is a feminine word + loquitur (she speaks) the third-person form of loquor (I speak). Literally meaning "the thing itself speaks" or "the matter itself speaks".

Phrase[edit]

rēs ipsa loquitur

  1. the thing speaks for itself