reasonable person

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An ordinary citizen, famously referred to by Lord Devlin as the “man on the Clapham omnibus”. The standard of care in actions for negligence is based on what a reasonable person might be expected to do considering the circumstances and the foreseeable consequences. The standard is not entirely uniform: a lower standard is expected of a child, but a higher standard is expected of someone, such as a doctor, who purports to possess a special skill.

Subjects: Law.

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