an act of God

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?
See also: act, god, of

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.
See also: act, god, of

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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Tyler's assistant secretary, who had been left at home, assured me that there was no doubt but that the Toreador had sailed as promised, since he knew his employer well enough to be positive that nothing short of an act of God would prevent his doing what he had planned to do.
We all fought shy of 30d on the east and 175d on the west, and, though we had to skirt them pretty close, nothing but an act of God ever drew one of us across.
A: An act of God has been defined as an accident, due directly and exclusively to natural causes without human intervention, which by no amount of foresight, pains or care, reasonably to have been expected, could have been prevented.
During the hearing the HESCO's counsel argued that the incident was an act of God and that the company's officials could not face the criminal litigation.
Alaska Integrated Media was not able to successfully argue that the fence around the transmitter of KOAN-AM Anchorage was inaccessible, nor was it able to pin blame for the damage on an act of God.
We do everything to ensure that we do not have accidents, but it is an act of God," she said.
Summary: Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has a controversial take on Hurricane Irene, insinuating it was an act of God.
Essentially, an Act of God clause will allow insurers to deny liability for an event such as a volcanic eruption.
Those who have booked their own flights may well be offered a refund of their ticket price, but ancillary expenses such as car hire, car parking, hotel and villa hire, may not be covered by insurance because companies could use an Act of God defence to avoid paying compensation.
Easter is not just chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and a holiday, but an act of God.
It is most assuredly an act of God that moves the heart of mankind to tangibly engage in the sufferings of one's fellow man, provoking actions clearly modeling the very essence of God's love and compassion toward His creation.
At this point I really think it will take an act of God to change her, because she is that far out there.
Joel names this plague as an act of God and calls the people to repentance, a call that will be heard.
Need to know the difference between an act of God and an act of nature?
Is there such a thing as an act of God when it comes to making an insurance claim, or is it just another urban myth?
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