act of god meaning

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  • Noun: act of God (acts of God)
    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"
      - force majeure, vis major, inevitable accident, unavoidable casualty

    Derived forms: acts of God

    Type of: calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy

    Encyclopedia: Act of God

  • [American idiom]
    an occurrence (usually an accident) for which no human is responsible; an act of nature such as a storm, an earthquake, or a windstorm.
    My insurance company wouldn't pay for the damage because it was an act of God.
    The thief tried to convince the judge that the diamonds were in his pocket due to an act of God.

  • [American slang]
    n. An occurrence (usually some sort of catastrophe) for which the people affected are not responsible; said of earthquakes, floods, etc. Hurricane Andrew destroyed many houses in Florida, but some types of insurance did not compensate the victims, claiming that the hurricane was an act of God. See: FICKLE FINGER OF FATE.

  • [Business]
    noun [C]

    (Law , usually used in written English)

    (often written in a contract) a natural event, like a fire or a flood, that cannot be avoided easily and which causes harm to sb/sth:

    Neither party shall be liable for any loss caused by acts of God. FORCE MAJEURE

  • [Law]
    An event due to natural causes (storms, earthquakes, floods, etc.) so exceptionally severe that no-one could reasonably be expected to anticipate or guard against it. See FORCE MAJEURE.


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  1. sir, it is not my fault. it is the act of god.
  2. in a more innocent age, cancer was regarded as an act of god.
  3. the law holds no man responsible for the act of god
  4. don't complain of anybody . this is an act of god
  5. the newspapers called the earthquake an act of god

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