act of God
An unusual, extraordinary, sudden, and unexpected manifestation of the forces of nature which man cannot resist. 32 Am J1st L & T § 795. An act beyond the intervention of man, such as a storm, a bolt of lightning, or a tempest. 1 Am J2d Act of God § 2. An exception to the liability of a tenant from liability for injuries caused by an "act of God" will not include an injury caused by a fire set by human agency, since an act of God refers to some irresistible disaster such as results from natural causes in no sense attributable to human agency. 32 Am J1st L & T § 811. An extraordinary flood may constitute, and is frequently treated as constituting, an "act of God." Whether it does or does not do so has been held to be a mixed question of law and fact. The defining and limitation of the term are questions of law for the court; but the existence or nonexistence of the facts on which it is predicated is a question for the jury where the evidence is such as to admit of more than one conclusion. 56 Am J1st Wat § 91.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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