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Topic: LAW

Date: 1800-1900
Language: French
Origin: 'greater force'

force majeure

noun
     
force ma‧jeure [uncountable] law
SCL unexpected events, for example a war, that prevent someone from doing what they had officially planned or agreed to do. An event like this can legally allow an agreement or contract to be changed or ended.
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