fortuitous event

noun

for·​tu·​i·​tous event
fȯr-ˈtü-ə-təs-, -ˈtyü-
: an event of natural or human origin that could not have been reasonably foreseen or expected and is out of the control of the persons concerned (as parties to a contract) : force majeure

called also cas fortuit

see also frustration compare inevitable accident

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“Fortuitous event.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/fortuitous%20event. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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