from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Superior or overpowering force.
- n. An unexpected or uncontrollable event.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an overwhelming force
- n. an unavoidable catastrophe, especially one that prevents someone from fulfilling a legal obligation
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Superior force.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events
French : force, force + majeure, greater.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French force majeure (greater force) (Wiktionary)