reasonable man


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reasonable man

a judicial standard of conduct used to determine liability, especially in relation to negligence. The need to charge juries has brought forth many folksy definitions, the most famous being the man on the Clapham omnibus (or the omnibus of whichever city the court sits in).
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That's what my father told me, and he was a reasonable man, though there's folks nowadays know what happened afore they were born better nor they know their own business.
exclaimed the Judge, with the impatience natural to a reasonable man, on hearing anything so utterly absurd as the above, in a discussion about matters of business.
The inhabitants do not require much education in their representatives; I heard some men discussing the merits of those for Colonia; and it was said that, "although they were not men of business, they could all sign their names:" with this they seemed to think every reasonable man ought to be satisfied.
In less than five minutes' time, Tom was ensconced in the room opposite the bar--the very room where he had imagined the fire blazing--before a substantial, matter-of-fact, roaring fire, composed of something short of a bushel of coals, and wood enough to make half a dozen decent gooseberry bushes, piled half-way up the chimney, and roaring and crackling with a sound that of itself would have warmed the heart of any reasonable man.
What reasonable man ever supposed that ornaments were something outward and in the skin merely -- that the tortoise got his spotted shell, or the shell-fish its mother-o'-pearl tints, by such a contract as the inhabitants of Broadway their Trinity Church?
That you must have seen many a chopper skimming the cream from the face of the earth, and many a settler getting the very honey of nature, old trapper," said Paul, "no reasonable man can, or, for that matter, shall doubt.
That in itself would have been enough to sow doubts in Bill's mind as to whether he had really got all the money that a reasonable man needed; and Claire saw to it that these doubts sprouted, by confining her conversation on the occasions of their meeting almost entirely to the great theme of money, with its minor sub-divisions of How to get it, Why don't you get it?
Allowing the utmost latitude to the love of power which any reasonable man can require, I confess I am at a loss to discover what temptation the persons intrusted with the administration of the general government could ever feel to divest the States of the authorities of that description.
However, Cregan ruled the application be refused, saying the decision of the examiner to withhold the commercial information is not so utterly unreasonable and absurd that no reasonable man would have done it, as claimed by BoyleSports.
A reasonable man might suspect corruption and that Qatar managed in some way to 'buy' the World Cup.
WORCESTER -- Sharks captain Bryan Lerg is reasonable man who understands that hockey's magic numbers are not necessarily goals, assists and points.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.

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