vis major[vis mā′jər]
vis major definition by Webster's New World
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act of God
Origin: Classical Latin greater force
vis major definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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noun pl. vi·res ma·jo·res Law
An overwhelming force of nature having unavoidable consequences that under certain circumstances can exempt one from the obligations of a contract.
Origin: Latin vīs māior : vīs, force + māior, greater.
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.