Act of Providence Law and Legal Definition

Act of providence is an accident against which ordinary skill and foresight could not guard. This is synonymous to act of God. For certain acts no one can be held responsible. Naturally occurring events that are unavoidable can be considered as act of providence. In such cases, liability will not rest on one person. However, if the consequences of the natural act are foreseeable liability can shift because due diligence was not exercised by a person.