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 elite Iraqi units that pushed through Mosul, neighborhood-by-neighborhood and street-by-street, suffered up to 40 percent casualty rates.
Higher war casualties in key swing states may have swung November’s presidential election away from Hillary Clinton, a new study suggests.
Workers hurt in Idaho Because of special rules for small farms, underreporting and a lack of public data in Idaho, there is no way to tally agricultural casualties and debilitating injuries.
The first casualty of America’s opioid epidemic beyond the users themselves?
Private Kirkpatrick became the eighth American service member to die in Afghanistan so far this year, according to the site iCasualties, which tracks military casualties.
The power-sharing scheme was created during the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, which ended a 30-year period of violence between the two groups that resulted in nearly 4,000 dead and 50,000 casualties.
An imposing, 12-foot-tall monument to Alabama's Gettysburg casualties now stands in the place where the Alabama Brigade, under General Evander Law's leadership, launched its attack on the strategically important Little Round Top.
Australia suffered the largest number of casualties, 88, followed by Indonesia with 38.
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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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