- The definition of a casualty is a serious accident.
A fatal car crash is an example of a casualty.
- Casualty is defined as a person or thing lost or destroyed by an accident or military action.
- Family photos lost in a fire are an example of casualty.
- Soldiers killed during war are examples of casualty.
- A prisoner of war is an example of a casualty.
casualty definition by Webster's New World
- an accident, esp. a fatal one
- a member of the armed forces who is lost to active service through being killed, wounded, captured, interned, sick, or missing
- losses of personnel resulting from death, injury, etc.
- anyone hurt or killed in an accident
- anything lost, destroyed, or made useless by some unfortunate or unforeseen happening
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French casuelte ; from Midieval Latin casualitas: see casual
casualty definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. ca·su·al·ties
- An accident, especially one involving serious injury or loss of life.
- One injured or killed in an accident: a train wreck with many casualties.
- One injured, killed, captured, or missing in action through engagement with an enemy. Often used in the plural: Battlefield casualties were high.
- One that is harmed or eliminated as a result of an action or a circumstance: The corner grocery was a casualty of the expanding supermarkets.
Origin: Middle English casuelte, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cāsuālitās, chance, accident, from Latin cāsuālis, fortuitous; see casual.
casualty - Legal Definition
- An individual or property that has been destroyed, injured, lost, or otherwise made ineffective.
- The harm to an individual or property as a result of a sudden, unexpected, or unusual event.
- An accident, especially one that is fatal or serious.