fortuitous event

fortuitous event
for·tu·i·tous event /fȯr-'tü-ə-təs-, -'tyü-/ n: an event of natural or human origin that could not have been reasonably foreseen or expected and is out of the control of the persons concerned (as parties to a contract): force majeure – called also cas fortuit; see also frustration compare inevitable accident

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

fortuitous event
index accident (chance occurrence), quirk (accident)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • fortuitous event — An accident; something happening by chance. Stertz v Industrial Ins. Com. 91 Wash 588, 158 P 256. No sound distinction can be made between those injuries to employees resulting from accident and those resulting from some fortuitous event. See… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • fortuitous event — /fortyuwadas avent/ An event happening by chance or accident. That which happens by a cause which cannot be resisted. An unforeseen occurrence, not caused by either of the parties, nor such as they could prevent. For purposes of an all risk… …   Black's law dictionary

  • fortuitous event — /fortyuwadas avent/ An event happening by chance or accident. That which happens by a cause which cannot be resisted. An unforeseen occurrence, not caused by either of the parties, nor such as they could prevent. For purposes of an all risk… …   Black's law dictionary

  • event — n 1: something that happens: occurrence 2: the issue or outcome of a legal action or proceeding as finally determined Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • fortuitous — I adjective accidental, adventitious, casual, chance, circumstantial, coincidental, designless, forte oblatus, fortuitus, haphazard, happening by chance, involuntary, lucky, occurring by chance, providential, random, spontaneous, surprise,… …   Law dictionary

  • fortuitous —  means by chance; it is not a synonym for fortunate. A fortuitous event may be fortunate, but equally it may not …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • event — The consequence of anything; the issue or outcome of an action as finally determined; that in which an action, operation, or series of operations, terminates. Noteworthy happening or occurrence. Something that happens. Distinguished from an act… …   Black's law dictionary

  • event — The consequence of anything; the issue or outcome of an action as finally determined; that in which an action, operation, or series of operations, terminates. Noteworthy happening or occurrence. Something that happens. Distinguished from an act… …   Black's law dictionary

  • fortuitous — fortuitous, fortuitously 1. The OED and all reputable dictionaries show fortuitous to be a word with only one meaning, ‘caused by chance, accidental’. Addison wrote in the Spectator in 1712 that the highest Degree of [wisdom] which Man can… …   Modern English usage

  • accident — ac·ci·dent n: an unexpected usu. sudden event that occurs without intent or volition although sometimes through carelessness, unawareness, ignorance, or a combination of causes and that produces an unfortunate result (as an injury) for which the… …   Law dictionary

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