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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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The "acts of god" referred to in the book's title do take the form of natural disasters in many of these stories, but she also stretches the meaning to include, more simply, things that her characters cannot control (like Rhoda and those pesky dogs next door).
Car insurance, by contrast, does not ordinarily include coverage for "Acts of God".
The organization distributed membership cards that began, "Barring Acts of God or unforeseen personal tragedy or family illness, I pledge myself to be the Last Man to leave this country...." (As it happened, the editor himself wound up abandoning Dalhart in the late 1930s, although he decamped only to Amarillo--some 80 miles to the south--and not, say, to the West Coast).
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Examining in turn philosophical, historical, and non-Christian and contemporary perspectives of miracles, he explore such topics as what a miracle is, Hume, acts of God, modern science, the problem of evil, miracles after Jesus, miracles after the Reformation, the miracle of resurrection, the nature of God, non-Christian religions, and the modern world.
Let us give thanks to the Lord." Then comes a poetic proclamation of the mighty acts of God throughout salvation history, including the famous phrase "O happy fault," referring to Adam and Eve's sin.
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There are many other so called acts of God which have simple explanations.