Thursday, May 18, 2006

Word of the Day #15: force majeure

force ma·jeure ( P ) Pronunciation Key (fôrs mä-zhûr, frs)
Superior or overpowering force.
An unexpected or uncontrollable event.

A French term literally translated as "greater force", this clause is included in contracts to remove liability for natural and unavoidable catastrophes that interrupt the expected course of events and restrict participants from fulfilling obligations.

Cool! I hadn't heard this term until just now.

~Heidi...reading a hotel contract...

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