casus

Casus

Ca"sus\, n. [L.] An event; an occurrence; an occasion; a combination of circumstances; a case; an act of God. See the Note under Accident.

Casus belli, an event or combination of events which is a cause war, or may be alleged as a justification of war.

Casus fortuitus, an accident against which due prudence could not have provided. See Act of God, under Act.

Casus omissus, a case not provided for by the statute.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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