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casualty

noun [C]     /ˈkæʒjuəlti/ (plural casualties)
something or someone that suffers or fails because of an event: a casualty of sth Nonprofit groups may find funding for their projects among the first casualties of the budget problem. Relationships can become a casualty of workplace stress.the first/latest/major casualty Smith is the latest casualty in a series of sackings at the organization.
LAW a person who is killed or injured in an accident, attack, etc.: cause/inflict casualties Food products have been contaminated, causing human casualties and considerable economic loss. reduce/minimize/prevent casualties sustain/suffer casualties
INSURANCE property that is damaged or destroyed in an accident, or the accident that causes this: The hirer was liable for the collision, unless the casualty was proved to have been caused by the failure of the boat's owners to make it seaworthy.
(Definition of casualty noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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