force majeure

force majeure
force ma·jeure /'fȯrs-ma-'zhər, -mȧ-'zhœ̅r/ n [French, superior force]
1: superior or insuperable force
2: an event (as war, labor strike, or extreme weather) or effect that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled: fortuitous event compare act of god, inevitable accident

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

force majeure
(French) Superior strength; unforeseeable and unavoidable circumstances outside the control of a party to a contract that render him or her incapable of carrying out contractual duties.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

force majeure
an event that no human foresight could anticipate or which, if anticipated, is too strong to be controlled.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

force majeure
A contract provision that excuses performance if its rendered impractical by a supervening event (sometimes known as an Act of God) — for example, a fire. French for "a greater force."
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

force majeure
force majeure clause, Also known as force majeure.
The happening of events outside the control of the parties, for example, natural disasters or the outbreak of hostilities. It is usual for parties to provide in a contract that such events will not make the defaulting party liable if they prevent it from performing its obligations. The concept is derived from civil law and is not fully recognised under common law, therefore it should always be fully defined.
+ force majeure
A provision in an agreement that excuses a party's performance under the agreement to the extent its failure to perform is due to certain extreme circumstances outside that party's control, for example, due to the occurrence of a natural disaster or an act of terrorism or war.
Force majeure clauses are found in a wide range of agreements.
For a sample force majeure clause and related drafting note, see Standard Clauses, Boilerplate Clauses ().
+ force majeure
an "act of God" or event that is outside the control of any party to a contract (see force majeure and PLC Corporate, Practice note, Contracts: force majeure (
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

force majeure
n. French Greater force; a natural or human-induced disaster that causes a contract to fail of performance.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

force majeure
(French: A superior or irresistible power.)
An event that is a result of the elements of nature, as opposed to one caused by human behavior.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

force majeure
[French, A superior or irresistible power.] An event that is a result of the elements of nature, as opposed to one caused by human behavior.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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