damnum fatale

/daemnam fateyliy/ Fatal damage; damage from fate; loss happening from a cause beyond human control (quod ex fato contingit), or an act of God, for which bailees are not liable; such as shipwreck, lightning, and the like. The civilians included in the phrase "damnum fatale" all those accidents which are summed up in the common-law expression, "act of God or public enemies;" though, perhaps, it embraced some which would not now be admitted as occurring from an irresistible force.

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • damnum fatale — n. (Latin) Harm due to fate; an injury caused by an act of God or some force beyond human control. See also act of God The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008. damnum …   Law dictionary

  • damnum fatale — By the Roman law, an innkeeper was accountable for the value of property intrusted to his charge, though the loss occurred or the thing perished without his fault unless it happened damno fatale, or by the act of God. Under the term damnum fatale …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • damnum fatale —   Law, loss resulting from act of God …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • damnum fatale — fəˈtā(ˌ)lē noun Etymology: Latin, literally, damage through fate : loss arising from inevitable accident compare act of god …   Useful english dictionary

  • fatale — See damnum fatale …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Damnum — (lat., Rechtsw.), 1) jeder Nachtheil, daher Damna secundarum nuptiarum (Poenae secund. nupt.), die Nachtheile der zweiten Ehe; 2) bes. Schaden am Vermögen, bestehend entweder in Verringerung schon erworbenen, vorhandenen Vermögens (D. positivum,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Damnum — Damnum, vermögensrechtlicher Schaden. D. fatale, durch Zufall; D. injuria datum, durch eine unerlaubte Handlung entstanden, die zum Ersatze verpflichtet. D. factum, eingetretener, D. infectum, drohend bevorstehender Schaden, gegen den Sicherheit… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • strict liability — see liability 2b Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. strict liability …   Law dictionary

  • accident — ac·ci·dent n: an unexpected usu. sudden event that occurs without intent or volition although sometimes through carelessness, unawareness, ignorance, or a combination of causes and that produces an unfortunate result (as an injury) for which the… …   Law dictionary

  • dam|num fa|ta|le — «DAM nuhm fuh TAY lee», Law. damages caused by chance, that is, by the happening of an event which could not be foreseen or guarded against by the highest degree of prudence or care. ╂[< New Latin damnum fatale] …   Useful english dictionary

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