antipersonnel

adjective
an·​ti·​per·​son·​nel | \ ˌan-tē-ˌpər-sə-ˈnel, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antipersonnel (audio) \

Definition of antipersonnel

: designed for use against military personnel an antipersonnel mine

Examples of antipersonnel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wood in antipersonnel stake mines rots; rubber and plastic in plastic mines can shatter in the unrelenting sun. Peter Schwartzstein, Scientific American, "Climate Change May Be Blowing Up Arms Depots," 14 Nov. 2019 But on rare occasion, they were used as antipersonnel weapons. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Real History of the Ballista, Game of Thrones' Anti-Dragon Weapon," 6 May 2019 An antipersonnel fragmentation bomb exploded on the ground in southern Oregon, killing a pregnant woman and five children in what were believed to be the only fatalities resulting from the low-tech attacks. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Clarence Beavers, Last of a Black Paratroop Unit, Dies at 96," 13 Dec. 2017 By some estimates, 100 million or more antipersonnel land mines remain strewn across the globe, lurking as menaces. Clyde Haberman, New York Times, "A Lingering, Deadly Legacy of Wars: Unexploded Bombs," 30 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of antipersonnel

1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Antipersonnel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antipersonnel. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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antipersonnel

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of antipersonnel

: made to kill and injure people rather than to destroy buildings, vehicles, etc.

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