act of God

noun phrase

Definition of act of God

: an extraordinary interruption by a natural cause (such as a flood or earthquake) of the usual course of events that experience, prescience, or care cannot reasonably foresee or prevent

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1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Act of God.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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Legal Definition of act of God

: an extraordinary natural event (as a flood or earthquake) that cannot be reasonably foreseen or prevented — compare force majeure, inevitable accident, unavoidable accident

Note: It is a defense against liability for injury if the injury is directly and exclusively caused by an act of God.

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