reasonable person


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reasonable person

In law, a hypothetical person against which the defendant's actions in a case are judged. The goal is to determine whether or not a "reasonable person" would act as the defendant did. Any reasonable person would have done the same thing my client did in that situation, and you know it!
See also: person, reasonable
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As we said, no reasonable person will feel he earned that amount.
WOULD any reasonable person place their trust in a person who had taken monies from their parents' or grandparents' pension fund?
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No reasonable person holds that we should do evil and shun good.
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Clearly, in a situation where there's humanitarian need, any reasonable person would respond with assistance," says Russ Bergeron, a spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
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In her ruling, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Rita Miller found that Jeff Gottlieb failed to prove he was subject to working conditions "so intolerable or aggravated" that "a reasonable person in the employee's position would be compelled to resign.
Where the harm has occurred unintentionally or due to carelessness, the court will apply the reasonable person standard.
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The Secretary of State said the improvements to the Bill put beyond any reasonable doubt, for any reasonable person that the Government has delivered the cross-party Smith agreement.