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Definition of Act of god

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deed done by God, occurrence which is not caused by man (such as a natural disaster, etc.)
Act of god Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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act of god
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" [syn: act of god, force majeure, vis major, inevitable accident, unavoidable casualty ]


act of god
(law), an inevitable accident; such extraordinary interruption of the usual course of events as is not to be looked for in advance, and against which ordinary prudence could not guard...
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The Phrase Finder
Meaning
An act which are outside human control.
Origin
Originated in legal or insurance circles to denote acts which aren't the responsibility of any individual and therefore uninsurable.
ref: Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 15th edition
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WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events; "he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God"
(synonym) force majeure, vis major, inevitable accident, unavoidable casualty
(hypernym) calamity, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy, cataclysm
Act of god Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
An act of God is a legal term for events outside human control, such as sudden natural disasters, for which no one can be held responsible.

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Act of god Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
A natural event, not preventable by any human agency, such as flood, storms, or lightning. Forces of nature that no one has control over, and therefore cannot be held accountable.

This phrase denotes those accidents which arise from physical causes, and which cannot be prevented.

Where the law casts a duty on a party, the performance shall be excused, if it be rendered impossible by the act of God, but where the party by his own contract engages to do an act, it is deemed to be his own fault and folly that he did not thereby provide against contingencies, and exempt himself from responsibilities in certain events and in such case, that is, in the instance of an absolute general contract the performance is not excused by an inevitable accident or other contingency, although not foreseen by, nor within the control of, the party.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Duhaime.org Legal Dictionary
An event which is caused solely by the effect of nature or natural causes and without any interference by humans whatsoever. - (read more on Act of God)
  
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Act of god Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
maritime&shipping&trade
An unpredictable situation which is beyond the power of man. A natural event, not preventable by any human power, such as flood, storms, or lightning. Forces of nature that a carrier has no control over and therefore cannot be held responsible.