a direct, sudden, and irresistible action of natural forces such as could not reasonably have been foreseen or prevented, as a flood, hurricane, earthquake, or other natural catastrophe.
(law) a sudden and inevitable occurrence caused by natural forces and not by the agency of man, such as a flood, earthquake, or a similar catastrophe
An event beyond human control — e.g., hurricane, earthquake, volcanic eruption (see volcano), etc. — for which there is no legal redress. The phrase is frequently used by insurance companies and lawyers.
A natural catastrophe, e.g., a hurricane, an earthquake, or a volcanic eruption. (See volcano.)
Note: As a legal term relating to property damage, it appears in insurance contracts: “After the flood, Papovich was dismayed to discover that his house was not insured against acts of God.”
Note: In contracts dealing with the delivery of goods or services, the term is used to protect the parties from litigation over delays or failures in performance owing to circumstances beyond their control.
An unforeseen and uncontrollable natural event, such as a hurricane, fire, or flood. For example, The publisher shall publish the work within twelve months except in case of delay caused by acts of God such as fires or floods or other circumstances beyond its control. It most often appears in legal contracts, where it is used to indemnify one party against a disaster that prevents it from carrying out the contract’s terms. [ Mid-1800s ]
- Act like one's shit doesn't stink
act like one’s shit doesn’t stink verb phrase To behave with self-assured haughtiness; show a sense of superiority
- Act of contrition
noun (Christianity) a short prayer of penitence noun a penitential prayer
- Act of parliament clock
. a pendulum wall clock of the late 18th century, usually having a black dial with gilt numbers: originally installed in English taverns because a burdensome tax prevented many homes from having private clocks.
- Act of uniformity
any of the three statutes (1549, 1559, 1662) regulating public worship services in the Anglican Church, especially the act of 1662 requiring the use of the Book of Common Prayer.
- Act of toleration
the statute (1689) granting religious freedom to dissenting Protestants upon meeting certain conditions.