Definition of force majeure in English:

force majeure

Syllabification: force ma·jeure
Pronunciation: /ˌfôrs mäˈZHər


  • 1Unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract.
    More example sentences
    • Industry sources said on Monday that both BHP and Rio had declared force majeure following severe flooding.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • 2Irresistible compulsion or greater force.


late 19th century: French, literally 'greater force'.

More definitions of force majeure

Definition of force majeure in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrəˈgāSHən
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space