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noun in·ju·ry \ˈinj-rē, ˈin-jə-\

Definition of injury

plural

injuries

  1. 1a :  an act that damages or hurts :  wrongb :  violation of another's rights for which the law allows an action to recover damages

  2. 2 :  hurt, damage, or loss sustained

Examples of injury in a Sentence

  1. Hikers need to take sensible precautions to prevent injury.

  2. She's concerned about the risk of injury to her reputation.

  3. The team has been weakened by illness and injury.

  4. Careless use of these tools can cause serious bodily injury.

  5. She survived the accident without injury.

  6. She fell and suffered an injury to her arm.

  7. His athletic career has been slowed by injuries.

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Origin and Etymology of injury

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

Synonym Discussion of injury

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


INJURY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of injury for English Language Learners

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


INJURY Defined for Kids

injury

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noun in·ju·ry \ˈin-jə-rē\

Definition of injury for Students

plural

injuries

  1. 1 :  hurt, damage, or loss suffered She suffered an injury to her arm. These tools can cause injury.

  2. 2 :  an act that damages or hurts “I should not like to do him an injury …” — Anna Sewell, Black Beauty


Medical Dictionary

injury

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noun in·ju·ry \ˈinj-(ə-)rē\

Medical Definition of injury

plural

injuries

  1. :  hurt, damage, or loss sustained


Law Dictionary

injury

noun in·ju·ry

Legal Definition of injury

plural

injuries

  1. 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. 2 :  hurt, damage, or loss sustained

Origin and Etymology of injury

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



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