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fortuitous event n
: an event of natural or human origin that could not have been reasonably foreseen or expected and is out of the control of the persons concerned (as parties to a contract)
: force majeure called also cas fortuit see also frustration compare inevitable accident
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.