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force majeure (fohrs may-ZHUHR)
1. In law, an unexpected event that crucially affects someone's ability to do something and can be used in law as an excuse for not having carried out the terms of an agreement.
2. A superior or overpowering force or a force that is superior in power and impossible to resist.
3. An unexpected or uncontrollable event.
4. A natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events.
5. A contract provision that excuses a performance if it is rendered impractical by an strong event; sometimes it is referred to as an "Act of God"; for example, a fire or a natural event; such as, a flood, terrible snow storm, etc.

This term is French for "a greater force."

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