act of God


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act of God

A natural disaster, or any similar large-scale event beyond human control. I don't care about a little rain—only an act of God will keep us from getting married today. There is no way to prepare for a sudden act of God like an earthquake.
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an act of God

an occurrence or an event for which no human is responsible; an act of nature such as a storm, an earthquake, or a wildfire. Will your insurance com­ pany pay for damage caused by earthquakes and other acts of God?
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act of God

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]
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an act of God

An act of God is an event that is beyond human control, especially one in which something is damaged or someone is hurt. The President described the disaster as an act of God. The manmade financial crisis came on top of an act of God, a terrible winter of heavy snowfall and ice. Note: This expression is sometimes used in legal documents such as insurance documents.
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Malcolm Tarling of the Association of British Insurers says, 'The term act of God is a myth.
The findings suggest that Christians were more likely than any other religion to identify the Tsunami as an act of God.
An agent wanted to know if it was an act of God,'' she said.
I also expect your neighbour will deny having been asked to remove the tree and possibly argue that it was an act of God that caused the tree to fall.
It was so unpredictable, it was an act of God," added Annie Bleasdale.
The works insurance company say it was an act of God and will not pay out.
Nevertheless, within six hours of the blackout news spreading westward, Davis' press secretary was offering ``reflections on the New York blackout,'' comparing what an act of God did to the entire Eastern region with what an ``act of Enron'' did to California, which suffered only controlled, rolling blackouts in 2000-01.
City officials claimed the incident was an act of God.