from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law An overwhelming force of nature having unavoidable consequences that under certain circumstances can exempt one from the obligations of a contract.
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- n. A greater force; "act of God"; unavoidable accident.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A superior force which under certain circumstances is held to exempt from contract obligations; inevitable accident; -- a civil-law term used as nearly equivalent to, but broader than, the common-law term act of God (which see).
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- n. a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events
Latin vīs māior : vīs, force + māior, greater.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin (Wiktionary)