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force majeure

[French fawrs ma-zhœr]
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noun, plural forces majeures [French fawrs ma-zhœr] /French fɔrs maˈʒœr/. Law.
  1. an unexpected and disruptive event that may operate to excuse a party from a contract.
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Origin of force majeure

1880–85; < French: literally, superior force
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force majeure

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

from French: superior force
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Word Origin and History for force majeure

1883, French, literally "superior strength."

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