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Meaning of VIS MAJOR

Pronunciation:  vis 'meyjur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events; "he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God"
 
 Synonyms: act of God, force majeure, inevitable accident, unavoidable casualty
 
 See Also: calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Vis ma"jor\ [L. major greater.] (Law)
A superior force which under certain circumstances is held to
exempt from contract obligations; inevitable accident; -- a
civil-law term used as nearly equivalent to, but broader
than, the common-law term {act of God} (which see).

 

 

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