casualty

noun

ca·​su·​al·​ty ˈka-zhəl-tē How to pronounce casualty (audio)
ˈkazh-wəl-,
ˈka-zhə-wəl-
plural casualties
1
a
: 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
2
: serious or fatal accident : disaster
losses from fire, storm, or other casualty J. S. Seidman
3
archaic : chance, fortune
losses that befall them by mere casualty Sir Walter Raleigh

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Example Sentences

a low number of casualties the real casualties in the war against drugs are millions of innocent children
Recent Examples on the Web Fears of a casualty heavy land invasion of Japan led President Harry Truman to order atomic bombs be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9. Caitlin Mclean, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2022 The Pentagon hasn’t provided public casualty estimates for Ukrainian forces. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 Another casualty is Charm’s pageant book, which once attracted more than 100 pages of ads from local businesses. Good Housekeeping, 3 Sep. 2022 The Dolphins signed former Columbia High School standout Trey Flowers, who had been out of the NFL since the Detroit Lions released him as a salary-cap casualty on March 10. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 29 Aug. 2022 As part of the initiative military training, exercises will now include civilian casualty assessments so troops can practice procedures to avoid civilian casualties. Luis Martinez, ABC News, 29 Aug. 2022 Civilian casualty assessments will become a consistent element in military exercises so troops can practice how best to avoid killing the innocent. Lolita C. Baldor, ajc, 25 Aug. 2022 In 2001, Guidewire’s founders saw an opportunity to solve a big problem faced by most, if not all, property and casualty insurance companies. Kevin Kruse, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 As workers seek to distance their lives from work, the work friend has become a casualty. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see casual entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of casualty was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Casualty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/casualty. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

casualty

noun

ca·​su·​al·​ty ˈka-zhəl-tē How to pronounce casualty (audio)
plural casualties
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

casualty

noun

ca·​su·​al·​ty ˈkazh-əl-tē, ˈkazh-(ə-)wəl- How to pronounce casualty (audio)
plural casualties
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
3
a
: injury or death from accident
b
: one injured or killed (as by accident)

Legal Definition

casualty

noun

ca·​su·​al·​ty ˈka-zhəl-tē, ˈka-zhə-wəl- How to pronounce casualty (audio)
plural casualties
1
: an unfortunate occurrence
especially : a serious and often disastrous accident
conversion of property…arising from fire, storm, shipwreck, or other casualty Internal Revenue Code
2
: something lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed see also casualty gain at gain, casualty loss at loss

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