[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.
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Origin of force majeure
1880–85; < French: literally, superior force
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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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1883, French, literally "superior strength."
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