injury

noun
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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Senzel split time between center field and the infield before his injury. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 13 June 2021 And first baseman Brady Slavens, who had the top batting average among regulars prior to his ankle injury against Georgia in the first game of the SEC Tournament, is in a 5-for-30 skid (.167) with 13 strikeouts in the past eight games. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 11 June 2021 Newton suffered his hand injury last Friday when the media was in attendance for practice. Mark Daniels, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 Late Wednesday, after the Bruins were eliminated, Rask confirmed he could be headed for surgery, but issued no detail on his injury. BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2021 Beckham was determined to help the Browns get to the Super Bowl last season before his injury, and played like a man on a mission. cleveland, 10 June 2021 His injury isn’t expected to be long-term, according to manager Chris Woodward. Sam Blum, Dallas News, 9 June 2021 Castro sustained his injury while throwing in warmups. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 9 June 2021 According to media reports, James’ signing, which is contingent on him passing a physical but won’t include his current injury, is for two years and up to $9 million. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, 8 June 2021

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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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16 Jun 2021

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“Injury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/injury. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for injury

injury

noun

English Language Learners Definition of injury

: harm or damage : an act or event that causes someone or something to no longer be fully healthy or in good condition

injury

noun
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

injury

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

Medical Definition of injury

: hurt, damage, or loss sustained

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injury

noun
in·​ju·​ry
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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