casualty cas‧u‧al‧ty [ˈkæʒuəlti] noun casualties PLURALFORM [countable]
1. a person, project, or company that suffers very badly or goes out of business as a result of something:

• The airline is the latest casualty of the recession.

• The marketing department was one of the first casualties of the budget freeze.

2. INSURANCE an accident that causes injury, damage, or loss

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casualty UK US /ˈkæʒjuəlti/ noun [C] (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.

Financial and business terms. 2012.