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[French fawrs ma-zhœr] /French fɔrs maˈʒœr/

noun, plural forces majeures
[French fawrs ma-zhœr] /French fɔrs maˈʒœr/ (Show IPA). Law.
an unexpected and disruptive event that may operate to excuse a party from a contract.
/ˈfɔːs mæˈʒɜː; -ˈdʒʊə/
(law) irresistible force or compulsion such as will excuse a party from performing his or her part of a contract

1883, French, literally “superior strength.”


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