Definition of force majeure in English:

force majeure

noun

  • 1Unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract.

    • ‘Eni SpA has declared force majeure on shipments from its Ogbainbiri oil flow station in Nigeria after the facility was attacked on Sunday, an Eni spokeswoman said.’
    • ‘Industry sources said on Monday that both BHP and Rio had declared force majeure following severe flooding.’
    • ‘Coal producer Coal & Allied Industries Ltd has declared force majeure on a number of its sales contracts following severe storms in the Hunter region of New South Wales.’
    • ‘BHP Billiton said it had declared force majeure on coal exports from its Mt Arthur mine after the savage storms.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the company said the declaration of force majeure would only apply to new ships about to join a queue of about 55 vessels waiting off the port to be loaded.’
    force of circumstance, pressure of circumstance, need, obligation, call, exigency
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  • 2Irresistible compulsion or greater force.

    coercion, compulsion, constraint, duress, oppression, enforcement, harassment, intimidation, threats, pressure, pressurization, influence
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Origin

Late 19th century: French, literally greater force.

Pronunciation:

force majeure

/ˌfôrs mäˈZHər/