act of God
act of God often cap A: an extraordinary natural event (as a flood or earthquake) that cannot be reasonably foreseen or prevented compare force majeure, inevitable accident, unavoidable accident
◇ It is a defense against liability for injury if the injury is directly and exclusively caused by an act of God.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

act of God
I noun accident, chance occurrence, fortuitousness, fortuity, random luck II index calamity

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


act of God
n.
Something that happens as a result of natural forces that cannot be controlled by humans, such as storms, earthquakes, or floods. Also called act of providence.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


act of God
an accident or event that cannot be prevented by ordinary human foresight. The occurrence should normally be a natural one, like flood or earthquake. It exempts a party from strict liability in common law and, by definition, from negligence.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


act of God
An extraordinary and unexpected natural event, such as a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, tsunami, or even the sudden death of a person. An act of God may be a defense against liability for injuries or damages; insurance policies often exempt coverage for damage caused by acts of God. Under the law of contracts, an act of God often serves as a valid excuse if one of the parties to the contract is unable to fulfill his or her duties — for instance, completing a construction project on time.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


act of god
An event that directly and exclusively results from the occurrence of natural causes that could not have been prevented by the exercise of foresight or caution; an inevitable accident.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


Act of God
An event that directly and exclusively results from the occurrence of natural causes that could not have been prevented by the exercise of foresight or caution; an inevitable accident.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

act of God
n.
   a natural catastrophe which no one can prevent such as an earthquake, a tidal wave, a volcanic eruption, a hurricane or a tornado. Acts of God are significant for two reasons 1) for the havoc and damage they wreak, and 2) because often contracts state that "acts of God" are an excuse for delay or failure to fulfill a commitment or to complete a construction project. Many insurance policies exempt coverage for damage caused by acts of God, which is one time an insurance company gets religion. At times disputes arise as to whether a violent storm or other disaster was an act of God (and therefore exempt from a claim) or a foreseeable natural event. God knows the answer!

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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