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Actus Dei Nemini Facit Injuriam Definition:

Latin: An act of God causes legal injury to no one.

Related Terms: Act of God, God, Accident, Actus Regis Nemini Est Damnosa

Also actus Dei nemini facit injuria (i.e., without the "m").

Herbert Broom translates this Latin maxim as:

"The law holds no man responsible for the act of God."

Actus Dei Nemini Facit InjuriamIn Heinhold v Sieke, Justice Stephan of the Supreme Court of Nebraska rendered the Latin to English translation as:

"... actus Dei nemini facit injuriam - the act of God injures no man."

In Ballentine's Law Dictionary of 1969, the authors define actus Dei nemini facit injuriam as follows:

"An act of God does not violate the legal rights of anyone. The loss from an injury caused thereby must be borne by the one who suffered it."


  • Bennion, F. A. R., Statutory Interpretation (London: Butterworths, 2002), page 947.
  • Broom, Herbert, A Selection of Legal Maxims Classified and Illustrated, 10th Ed., (London: Sweet & Maxwell Limited, 1939), pages 151-162.
  • Heinold v. Siecke, 598 NW 2d 58 (1999)
  • Steele, E.A., Juris Provrbia (Halifax, Yorks: The Halifax Law Classes), 1933, pages 12-14.

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