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force majeure

[French fawrs ma-zhœr] /French fɔrs maˈʒœr/
noun, plural forces majeures
[French fawrs ma-zhœr] /French fɔrs maˈʒœr/ (Show IPA).
Law.
1.
an unexpected and disruptive event that may operate to excuse a party from a contract.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < French: literally, superior force
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force majeure

/ˈfɔːs mæˈʒɜː; -ˈdʒʊə/
noun
1.
(law) irresistible force or compulsion such as will excuse a party from performing his or her part of a contract
Word Origin
from French: superior force
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Word Origin and History for force majeure

1883, French, literally "superior strength."

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