casualty

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noun ca·su·al·ty \ˈka-zhəl-tē, ˈkazh-wəl-, ˈka-zhə-wəl-\

Definition of casualty

plural

casualties

  1. 1 archaic :  chance, fortune <losses that befall them by mere casualty — Sir Walter Raleigh>

  2. 2 :  serious or fatal accident :  disaster

  3. 3 a :  a military person lost through death, wounds, injury, sickness, internment, or capture or through being missing in action b :  a person or thing injured, lost, or destroyed :  victim <the ex-senator was a casualty of the last election>

Examples of casualty in a sentence

  1. a low number of casualties

  2. <the real casualties in the war against drugs are millions of innocent children>

15th Century

First Known Use of casualty

15th century


CASUALTY Defined for English Language Learners

casualty

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noun ca·su·al·ty \ˈka-zhəl-tē, ˈkazh-wəl-, ˈka-zhə-wəl-\

Definition of casualty for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is hurt or killed during an accident, war, etc.

  • : a person or thing that is harmed, lost, or destroyed


CASUALTY Defined for Kids

casualty

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noun ca·su·al·ty \ˈka-zhəl-tē\

Definition of casualty for Students

plural

casualties

  1. 1 :  a person who is hurt or killed in a war, disaster, or accident

  2. 2 :  a person or thing injured, lost, or destroyed <The old tree was a casualty of the storm.>


Medical Dictionary

casualty

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noun ca·su·al·ty \ˈkazh-əl-tē, ˈkazh-(ə-)wəl-\

Medical Definition of casualty

plural

casualties

  1. 1:  a serious or fatal accident

  2. 2:  a military person lost through death, wounds, injury, sickness, internment, or capture or through being missing in action

  3. 3a:  injury or death from accidentb:  one injured or killed (as by accident)


Law Dictionary

casualty

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noun ca·su·al·ty \ˈka-zhəl-tē, ˈka-zhə-wəl-\

Legal Definition of casualty

plural

casualties

  1. 1 :  an unfortunate occurrence; especially :  a serious and often disastrous accident <conversion of property…arising from fire, storm, shipwreck, or other casualtyInternal Revenue Code>

  2. 2 :  something lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed — see also casualty gain at gain, casualty loss at loss



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