superior force

An act of God. A fortuitous event. A force majeure. A force which man is not able to resist, in fact, a force which man can neither foresee nor prevent. Lehman, Stern & Co. v Morgan's Louisiana & Texas Railroad & S.S. Co. 115 La 1, 38 So 873 (definition in Louisiana Code of 1825).

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • Force majeure — (French for superior force ) is a common clause in contracts which essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties, such as war, strike, riot, crime, act of …   Wikipedia

  • force majeure — force′ ma•jeure′ [[t]mæˈʒɜr, mɑ [/t]] n. 1) cvb an overwhelming or irresistible force 2) law an event or effect that may be considered impossible to control or anticipate • Etymology: 1880–85; < F: lit., superior force …   From formal English to slang

  • superior — su|pe|ri|or1 [ su pıriər ] adjective ** 1. ) better than someone or something else in quality or skill: Toward the end of the game Agassi s superior strength began to show. Though technically superior, their system was never commercially… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • superior — I UK [sʊˈpɪərɪə(r)] / US [sʊˈpɪrɪər] adjective ** 1) better than someone or something else in quality or skill Towards the end of the game Agassi s superior strength began to show. Though technically superior, their system was never commercially… …   English dictionary

  • force majeure — /fors mazhur/ mszhar/ In the law of insurance, superior or irresistible force. Such clause is common in construction contracts to protect the parties in the event that a part of the contract cannot be performed due to causes which are outside the …   Black's law dictionary

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