Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An overwhelming, unanticipated, and unpreventable event, usually caused by a natural force, the occurrence of which may exempt a party from performing the obligations of a contract.

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

  • (Law) 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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  • noun law A greater force; "act of God"; unavoidable accident.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin vīs māior : vīs, force + māior, greater.]

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From Latin

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