due care

Care according to the circumstances of the case. 38 Am J1st Negl § 29. That degree of care which a man of ordinary prudence would exercise in similar circumstances. Gahagan v Boston & Maine Railroad, 70 NH 441, 50 A 146. As the term appears in an exception from the risk in an accident insurance policy, it means the measure of caution and care that would be required of a reasonably prudent man in like circumstances. 29A Am J Rev ed Ins § 1160. See due diligence; ordinary care; reasonable care.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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