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Legal Dictionary - R

Real property: Real estate, land, buildings, and items attached to land.

Reasonable person: A hypothetical individual who exercises an ordinary degree of reason, prudence, care, foresight, or intelligence whose conduct, conclusion, or expectation in relation to a particular circumstance or fact is used as an objective standard.

Recovery: The amount of compensation paid as a result of a lawsuit or insurance settlement.

Respondeat superior: A Latin expression meaning “a superior must answer” that provides that employers are responsible for the acts and omissions of their employees and agents when those acts or omissions occur within the scope of the employees’ duties.

Respondent: The person against whom an appeal is taken.