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deadly weapon

noun deadly weap·on

Legal Definition of deadly weapon

  1. :  an object whose purpose is to cause death or that when used as an instrument of offense is capable of causing death or sometimes serious bodily harm — compare dangerous weapon

Additional Notes on deadly weapon

An unloaded firearm has been generally held to be a deadly weapon. Although usually distinct, the terms deadly weapon and dangerous weapon are sometimes used interchangeably.


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