due care

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due care

n. the conduct that a reasonable man or woman will exercise in a particular situation, in looking out for the safety of others. If one uses due care then an injured party cannot prove negligence. This is one of those nebulous standards by which negligence is tested. Each juror has to determine what a "reasonable" man or woman would do.

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The law also states that every contract to supply a service, such as getting a haircut, or having home improvements carried out must be performed with reasonable care and skill.
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He said that the accused was under a legal obligation to take reasonable care and skill in administering treatment to Morris.