Definition of casualty
2 : serious or fatal accident : disaster losses from fire, storm, or other casualty — J. S. Seidman
3a : a military person lost through death, wounds, injury, sickness, internment, or capture or through being missing in action The army sustained heavy casualties.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
a low number of casualties
the real casualties in the war against drugs are millions of innocent children
Recent Examples of casualty from the Web
The target of the attack — which officials said was a suicide car bombing — was not immediately known, but Ismail Kawasi, spokesman of the public health ministry, said most of the casualties were civilians, including women and children.
Eleven of the casualties occurred in the city itself, while five occurred in the surrounding suburbs.
Initially, Iraqi forces punched too deep into Mosul too fast and suffered heavy casualties from the IS fighters who knew the terrain and had years to prepare defenses.
Delegating the decision-making to the lower levels will also improve efforts to prevent civilian casualties, Mattis said.
The Pentagon did not respond to a request for comment on The Intercept’s findings and civilian casualties in the raid.
There was no immediate word on damage or casualties.
This tactic helps keep Iraqi casualties manageable but also can prove problematic in areas with large concentrations of civilians.
Take a 2015 news story about a traffic accident in which the only casualty was a shark.
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CASUALTY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of casualty for Students
1 : a person who is hurt or killed in a war, disaster, or accident
2 : a person or thing injured, lost, or destroyed The old tree was a casualty of the storm.
Medical Definition of casualty
1: a serious or fatal accident
2: a military person lost through death, wounds, injury, sickness, internment, or capture or through being missing in action
3a: injury or death from accidentb: one injured or killed (as by accident)
Legal Definition of casualty
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