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MASTER AND SERVANT Definition & Legal Meaning

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The master typically has total authority over the servant in directing the manner, place, and time of services in this type of relationship. Contrast to employer-employee relationships: an employee has some discretion in performing required duties. Contrast to principal-agent relationships: an agent often has broad leeway in conducting the principal’s business. Also refer to master servant rule.


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