[ French fawrs ma-zhœr ]
/ French fɔrs maˈʒœr /
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.
QUIZ YOURSELF ON THESE WORDS FROM BROWN GIRL DREAMING!
Visualize yourself passing this quiz on words from Jacqueline Woodson’s exquisite verse novel “Brown Girl Dreaming,” and then take the quiz to prove you can do it! (Because you can.)
Question 1 of 10
What does “barren” mean?
Origin of force majeure
1880–85; <French: literally, superior force
Words nearby force majeure
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020
British Dictionary definitions for force majeure
/ (ˈfɔːs mæˈʒɜː, -ˈdʒʊə) /
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012