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The meaning of "an act of god"

" An act of God "
Meaning:
Some event that is considered to be outside human control. Commonly used in insurance policies to refer to events that the insured cannot be held responsible for.
Example:
The insurance company had to pay up for the lightning strike damage. After all, it wasn't my fault, it was an act of God.
Where did it originate?:
Britain. Used from the 13th century in its original religious sense and from the mid 19th century when referring to insurance claims.
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