Definition of res ipsa loquitur in English:

res ipsa loquitur

noun

Law
  • The principle that the mere occurrence of some types of accident is sufficient to imply negligence.

    • ‘As to causation, the Judge decided that the maxim ‘res ipsa loquitur’ applied.’
    • ‘A claim of res ipsa loquitur will usually not succeed, or indeed be necessary, if there is any actual evidence about how the loss or injury was sustained.’
    • ‘Res ipsa loquitur does not excuse the finder of fact from determining "how the specific negligence occurred".’

Origin

Latin, literally the matter speaks for itself.

Pronunciation:

res ipsa loquitur

/ˌreɪz ˌɪpsə ˈlɒkwɪtə/