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vis major

[vis mey-jer]
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noun, plural vi·res ma·jo·res [vahy-reez muh-jawr-eez, -jor-] /ˈvaɪ riz məˈdʒɔr iz, -ˌdʒɒr-/, Law.
  1. force majeure.

Origin of vis major

First recorded in 1595–1605, vis major is from the Latin word vīs major greater force
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British Dictionary definitions for vis major

vis major

noun
  1. See force majeure

Word Origin

from Latin, literally: greater force
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