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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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act of God

an instance of uncontrollable natural forces in operation.
This phrase is often used in insurance contracts to refer to incidents such as lightning strikes or floods.
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an ˌact of ˈGod

(law) an event caused by natural forces which people cannot control or prevent, for example a hurricane (= a very strong wind), an earthquake, etc: The insurance covers your house against all types of damage, excluding those caused by acts of God.
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So suggesting an event was an act of God may be a defence in English law against a claim of liability since it may be held not to have been foreseen or safeguarded against.
There are two likely situations where act of God could be taken as a defence; lightning which is unlikely to be guarded against as it is unpredictable, and sudden death by heart failure.
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But if the court finds it was an act of God, your husband will lose, and the court fees will be added to his loss.
I don't believe that having seven babies the way she did is an act of God.
2--Color) ``My house will be standing, act of God permitting, for a thousand years.
He wanted the phrase changed to ``natural disasters,'' calling it ``a matter of deep conscience to me to attribute in law a destructive and deadly force as being an act of God.
In a town devastated by an act of God, flood victims still found a way to seek spiritual shelter Sunday.
But if it's an act of God, like a fire or an earthquake or a tornado, it's not your fault.