force majeure

[French fawrs ma-zhœr]

noun, plural forces majeures [French fawrs ma-zhœr] /French fɔrs maˈʒœr/. Law.

an unexpected and disruptive event that may operate to excuse a party from a contract.

Nearby words

  1. force carrier,
  2. force cup,
  3. force de frappe,
  4. force feed,
  5. force fit,
  6. force of habit,
  7. force of mastication,
  8. force play,
  9. force pump,
  10. force someone's hand

Origin of force majeure

1880–85; < French: literally, superior force Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for force majeure

force majeure


law irresistible force or compulsion such as will excuse a party from performing his or her part of a contract

Word Origin for force majeure

from French: superior force

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Word Origin and History for force majeure

force majeure

1883, French, literally "superior strength."

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