from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In law, a chance, an accident, or an event: used frequently with other words to express some technical meaning.
  • noun In commercial law, that which is contemplaced by the parties to a contract, or that which is stipulated for or brought within the terms of the contract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An event; an occurrence; an occasion; a combination of circumstances; a case; an act of God. See the Note under accident.
  • noun an event or combination of events which is a cause war, or may be alleged as a justification of war.
  • noun an accident against which due prudence could not have provided. See Act of God, under Act.
  • noun a case not provided for by the statute.


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