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)
But even where this is so, the additional costs incident to an event of force majeure are the guarantor’s concern.