in·​ju·​ry | \ ˈinj-rē How to pronounce injury (audio) , ˈin-jə- \
plural injuries

Definition of injury

1 : hurt, damage, or loss sustained
2a : an act that damages or hurts : wrong
b : violation of another's rights for which the law allows an action to recover damages

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injustice, injury, wrong, grievance mean an act that inflicts undeserved hurt. injustice applies to any act that involves unfairness to another or violation of one's rights. the injustices suffered by the lower classes injury applies in law specifically to an injustice for which one may sue to recover compensation. libel constitutes a legal injury wrong applies also in law to any act punishable according to the criminal code; it may apply more generally to any flagrant injustice. determined to right society's wrongs grievance applies to a circumstance or condition that constitutes an injustice to the sufferer and gives just ground for complaint. a list of employee grievances

Examples of injury in a Sentence

Hikers need to take sensible precautions to prevent injury. She's concerned about the risk of injury to her reputation. The team has been weakened by illness and injury. Careless use of these tools can cause serious bodily injury. She survived the accident without injury. She fell and suffered an injury to her arm. His athletic career has been slowed by injuries. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The team expects David Bell (foot injury) back in a few weeks. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 31 July 2022 Alie-Cox played the next play, but the big tight end then went into the injury tent with trainers. The Indianapolis Star, 31 July 2022 Rob Refsnyder, one of the most productive hitters in baseball this year against lefties (.413/.451/.630), was out of the lineup against Brewers southpaw Aaron Ashby due to a knee injury. Alex Speier,, 31 July 2022 On one side was Aidan Hutchinson, the eventual No. 2 overall pick in April’s NFL draft, and on the other was David Ojabo, a first-round talent who fell to the Ravens in the second round because of injury concerns. Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun, 30 July 2022 Hutchison exited the game after throwing 68 pitches due to an ankle injury but is expected to make his next start as scheduled. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 30 July 2022 The possibility of injury or infrastructure damage is low, experts say. Victoria Cavaliere, Fortune, 30 July 2022 Harris played on special teams in nine games before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 30 July 2022 Winston is returning for his second season as the Saints’ starting quarterback, but he’s being watched carefully after a knee injury ended his 2021 season in the seventh game. Mark Inabinett |, al, 30 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of injury

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for injury

Middle English injurie, from Anglo-French, Latin injuria, from injurus injurious, from in- + jur-, jus right — more at just

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in·​ju·​ry | \ ˈin-jə-rē How to pronounce injury (audio) \
plural injuries

Kids Definition of injury

1 : hurt, damage, or loss suffered She suffered an injury to her arm. These tools can cause injury.
2 : an act that damages or hurts "I should not like to do him an injury …"— Anna Sewell, Black Beauty


in·​ju·​ry | \ ˈinj-(ə-)rē How to pronounce injury (audio) \
plural injuries

Medical Definition of injury

: hurt, damage, or loss sustained


plural injuries

Legal Definition of injury

1 : an act that wrongs or harms another specifically : a violation of a legally protected interest (as the physical or mental well-being, property, reputation, or rights of another) for which the law allows an action for legal or equitable relief
2 : hurt, damage, or loss sustained

History and Etymology for injury

Latin injuria, from injurus injurious, from in- not + jur-, jus right

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