vis major[vis mā′jər]
act of God
Origin of vis majorClassical Latin greater force
nounpl. vi·res ma·jo·res Law
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. Also called force majeure.
Origin of vis majorLatin vīs māior : vīs, force + māior, greater.
Used in cases of unavoidable consequences if somebody under certain circumstances can exempt from the obligations of a contract.
vis major - Legal Definition
A superior force; the term is used in civil cases to denote an act of God. A loss vis major results from natural causes, such as a hurricane, tornado, or earthquake, and without the intervention of human beings. It is a loss that could not have been prevented by diligence or by having taken precautions. See also force majeure.