reasonable care and skill
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The standard of reasonable care, skill, ability, and judgment which, if not met, constitutes negligence; such a standard may be imposed by contract or by operation of law in the absence of a contract. This term implies the performance of duties and services by a professional which is consistent with the level of performance provided by reputable professionals in the same geographical area at the same period of time.
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