force majeure

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force ma·jeure

 (fôrs′ mä-zhûr′)
1. Superior or overpowering force.
2. See vis major.

[French : force, force + majeure, greater.]

force majeure

(ˈfɔːs mæˈʒɜː; -ˈdʒʊə)
(Law) law irresistible force or compulsion such as will excuse a party from performing his or her part of a contract
[from French: superior force]

force′ ma•jeure′

(mæˈʒɜr, mɑ-)

1. an overwhelming or irresistible force.
2. an event or effect that may be considered impossible to control or anticipate.
[1880–85; < French: literally, superior force]

force majeure

A French phrase meaning greater force, used to mean an irresistible force or an event that cannot be controlled.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.force majeure - a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of eventsforce majeure - a natural and unavoidable catastrophe that interrupts the expected course of events; "he discovered that his house was not insured against acts of God"
calamity, catastrophe, tragedy, disaster, cataclysm - an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the earthquake was a disaster"
caso fortuitofuerza mayor

force majeure

nhöhere Gewalt; to bow to force majeuresich höherer Gewalt (dat)beugen
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In its interpretation of a force majeure provision, the court will look to the precise language adopted by the parties.
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Conversely, the seller under these agreements is required to make available a specified quantity of LNG less (a) quantities not taken by the purchaser for reasons attributable to the purchaser and not otherwise excused, including quantities not taken due to Force Majeure; (b) quantities for which the purchaser exercised a contractual right to cancel delivery; and (c) quantities not made available by the seller due to Force Majeure.
There is no doubt that the Libyan revolution is an obvious example of a clear case of force majeure.