strict liability

Liability that does not depend on actual negligence or intent to harm, but that is based on the breach of an absolute duty to make something safe.

• Strict liability most often applies either to ultrahazardous activities or in products-liability cases.

— Also termed absolute liability; liability without fault. Cf. fault liability; OUTCOME RESPONSIBILITY. [Cases: Negligence 301–307; Products Liability 5. C.J.S. Negligence §§ 170–179; Products Liability §§ 7–8.]

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