an act of God

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
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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.
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.
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?
His insurance company refuses to pay, declaring it an Act of God.
SEATTLE -- Half of southern evangelicals and one in ten Catholics in America believe the devastation caused by the South Asian Tsunami was an act of God of religious significance, according to independent market research solutions company GMI, Inc.
If your neighbour - or anyone seriously injured by one of your roof tiles - did take you to court they would probably win unless you could show that you had the roof inspected recently or that the weather conditions were truly exceptional: it's rare for an Act of God defence to succeed.
The fury of Hurricane Katrina can rightly be called an act of God.
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