casualty
ca·su·al·ty /'ka-zhəl-tē, 'ka-zhə-wəl-/ n pl -ties
1: an unfortunate occurrence; esp: a serious and often disastrous accident
conversion of property...arising from fire, storm, shipwreck, or other casualtyInternal Revenue Code
2: something lost, stolen, damaged, or destroyed see also casualty gain at gain; casualty loss at loss

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

casualty
I noun accident, adversity, affliction, backset, bad fortune, blight, calamity, catastrophe, contretemps, debacle, disaster, emergency, hardship, ill fortune, ill hap, incident, infliction, injury, misadventure, mischance, misfortune, mishap, serious accident, setback, tragedy, unforeseen accident, unfortunate accident, unfortunate occurence associated concepts: casualty insurance, casualty loss II index accident (misfortune), corpse, damage, disaster, expense (sacrifice), fatality, happenstance, misfortune, quirk (accident), tragedy, victim

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


casualty
n.
In insurance, an accident; something destroyed or badly damaged; a person killed. See loss, accident

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


casualty
1) An accident or event which could not have been foreseen or avoided, such as a shipwreck, fire, or earthquake.
2) The liability or loss resulting from such an accident or event. (See: casualty loss)
Category: Accidents & Injuries
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Small Claims Court

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


casualty
n.
1 An individual or property that has been destroyed, injured, lost, or otherwise made ineffective.
2 The harm to an individual or property as a result of a sudden, unexpected, or unusual event.
3 An accident, especially one that is fatal or serious.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


casualty
A serious or fatal accident. A person or thing injured, lost, or destroyed. A disastrous occurrence due to sudden, unexpected, or unusual cause. Accident; misfortune or mishap; that which comes by chance or without design. A loss from such an event or cause, as by fire, shipwreck, lightning, etc.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


casualty
A serious or fatal accident. A person or thing injured, lost, or destroyed. A disastrous occurrence due to sudden, unexpected, or unusual cause. Accident; misfortune or mishap; that which comes by chance or without design. A loss from such an event or cause, as by fire, shipwreck, lightning, etc.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

casualty
n.
   1) an accident which could not have been foreseen or guarded against, such as a shipwreck caused by storm or fire caused by lightning.
   2) the loss, as of life, from such an unavoidable accident. The courts remain inconsistent on the exact definition.
   See also: casualty loss

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Casualty — may refer to:*Casualty (person), a person who is killed or injured in a war or disaster * The emergency department of a hospital, also known as a casualty department (chiefly British) *Casualty (TV series), the world s longest running emergency… …   Wikipedia

  • Casualty — Cas u*al*ty, n.; pl. {Casualties}. [F. casualit[ e], LL. casualitas.] 1. That which comes without design or without being foreseen; contingency. [1913 Webster] Losses that befall them by mere casualty. Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] 2. Any injury …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • casualty — [n1] accident blow, calamity, catastrophe, chance, contingency, debacle, disaster, misadventure, misfortune, mishap; concept 674 casualty [n2] victim dead, death toll, fatality, injured, killed, loss, missing, prey, sufferer, wounded; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • casualty — (n.) early 15c., chance, accident; incidental charge, from L. casualis (see CASUAL (Cf. casual)) on model of royalty, penalty, etc. Casuality had some currency 16c. 17c. but is now obsolete. Meaning losses in numbers from a military or other… …   Etymology dictionary

  • casualty — *accident, mishap Analogous words: *disaster, calamity, catastrophe, cataclysm: *misfortune, mischance, mishap …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • casualty — The main current meaning is now ‘a person killed or injured in a war or accident’. The historically earlier meaning of the mishap itself is less common, although the two are sometimes interwoven, e.g. All wars have caused casualties among… …   Modern English usage

  • casualty — ► NOUN (pl. casualties) 1) a person killed or injured in a war or accident. 2) a person or thing badly affected by an event or situation: the firm was one of the casualties of the recession. ORIGIN originally in the sense «a chance occurrence»:… …   English terms dictionary

  • casualty — [kazh′o͞o əl tē] n. pl. casualties [ME & OFr casuelte < ML casualitas: see CASUAL] 1. an accident, esp. a fatal one 2. Mil. a) a member of the armed forces who is lost to active service through being killed, wounded, captured, interned, sick,… …   English World dictionary

  • casualty — noun 1 person killed/injured in a war/an accident ADJECTIVE ▪ heavy, high, serious ▪ light, low ▪ pedestrian, road (both BrE) …   Collocations dictionary

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