Definition of casualty
- The army sustained heavy casualties.
- the ex-senator was a casualty of the last election
- losses from fire, storm, or other casualty
- —J. S. Seidman
a low number of casualties
the real casualties in the war against drugs are millions of innocent children
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: a person who is hurt or killed during an accident, war, etc.
: a person or thing that is harmed, lost, or destroyed
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subject to rapid or unexpected change
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