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What is res ipsa loquitur?

Res psa loquitur, translated from Latin, means literally: “A thing that speaks for itself.” In tort law, the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur holds that a defendant is guilty of negligence without an actual showing that he or she was negligent. In other words, it is applied to cases that do not have to be explained beyond the obvious facts, e.g., listening to Kid Rock chant lyrics from his 90s hit, “Bawitdaba” while engaging in sexual intercourse is negligent on its face.